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Marathon Digital Taps Kenya’s Renewable Energy for Bitcoin Mining

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In Brief

  • Marathon Digital has signed an $80 million agreement with Kenya's Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.
  • This initiative supports the firm's strategy to diversify its operations amidst rising Bitcoin mining difficulty.
  • Crypto stakeholders suggest that the Marathon's move points to the future of Bitcoin mining activities.
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Marathon Digital, a Bitcoin mining firm, signed an $80 million agreement with Kenya’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum to boost the country’s renewable energy infrastructure.

Market observers explained that the partnership supports Marathon’s strategy to diversify its operations as mining difficulty increases.

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Marathon Digital plans to invest over $80 million in developing renewable energy data centers. Kenya’s energy grid is approximately 80% renewable, leveraging wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal sources, with geothermal energy being the largest contributor.

Furthermore, the initiative is expected to kickstart Marathon’s mining operations in Kenya, marking a significant step in its global expansion. Crypto environmentalist Daniel Batten praised the partnership, suggesting it points to the future of Bitcoin mining.

“Bitcoin mining’s future entails the development of more renewable energy that otherwise would have been unprofitable to monetize (geothermal in Kenya’s case). [This would] economically benefit entire nation-state [and ensure] geographic diversity of hashrate,” Batten noted.

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Marathon Digital CEO Fred Thiel emphasized the strategic benefits of partnering with Kenya, highlighting the country’s pivotal role in the digital currency evolution.

“Kenya has a special spot in the history of digital currencies as it is the home of M-PESA, which in 2007 was one of the first ways for people in Kenya and now across Africa to transmit value digitally by using mobile phone credits. Today tens of millions of people across Africa use M-PESA for branchless money transfers,” Thiel stated.

Bitcoin Mining Difficulty.
Bitcoin Mining Difficulty. Source: Glassnode

The initiative comes amid rising energy costs and increasing network mining difficulty. This week, Bitcoin’s mining difficulty rose 1.48% at block height 844,704, reaching 84.38 trillion. The increasing difficulty shows that more miners are joining the network, coinciding with a spike hash rate.

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Marathon Digital is the largest Bitcoin mining firm. Its stock market capitalization is approximately $6 billion, and the company holds more than 17,000 BTC.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.