Kenya to build biggest wind power plant in Africa

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launching L. Turkana Wind Power project Thursday July 2.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launching L. Turkana Wind Power project Thursday July 2.

President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday launched the construction of the biggest wind power project in Africa in Laisamis, Marsabit County, in Northern Kenya.

After launching the ambitious scheme the Kenyan leader said the venture “is also the biggest single private sector initiative on the African Continent”

The 623 million euro project according to Kenyatta will “produce 310 MW of electricity and the first power produced is expected to be connected to the national grid before the end of next year”

The president wrote on his Facebook Page the undertaking means Kenya has taken “giant steps in asserting its position as a leader in green energy production globally”

Kenyatta said his government has lured more private investors to invest their money in green energy and that the government subsidise businesses and industries that will take advantage of the project and operate in the area.

The project will consist of 365 turbines and is expected to achieve 68 per cent load capacity factor, which will make it the most efficient wind power farm in the world, Kenyatta disclosed further.

President Kenyatta appealed to local leaders in the area and residents to embrace the transformative project and ditch “unsafe” and “old-fashioned” cultural vices like cattle rustling.

The East African nation already boasts of the Kenyan Great Rift Valley’s Olkaria geothermal plant that has massive potential.

Experts estimate by 2030, thanks to this region and plant, geothermal will be Kenya’s number one source of energy.