€115m aid for ‘largest’ wind power project in Africa

Renewable energy generation in Kenya (pictured) is set to increase, thanks to a €115 million loan for a wind power project, believed to be the largest in Africa. The African […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Renewable energy generation in Kenya (pictured) is set to increase, thanks to a €115 million loan for a wind power project, believed to be the largest in Africa.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will provide the cash for the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, which will add 300MW to the nation’s power generation capacity. It will include 365 turbines, which is expected to save 16 million tones of carbon emissions compared to a fossil fuel fired power plant.

The project will also help the landlocked Great Rift Valley region in South East Africa to be connected to the rest of the country through the improved infrastructure linked to the wind farm, including a road, fibre optic cable and electrification. The Government of Kenya will construct a 428 km transmission line required to transfer power from the project site to the grid.

The wind farm will help Kenya substitute the more expensive plants operating on imported diesel and fuel oil with clean and low cost power and create jobs.