By Media Reports
Kenya has formally launched Africa’s biggest wind power plant, a mammoth project in a gusty stretch of wilderness that already provides nearly one-fifth of the country’s energy needs.
The $680mn (€600mn) scheme, a sprawling 365-turbine wind farm on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana, is delivering 310 megawatts of renewable power to the national grid of East Africa’s most dynamic economy.
The largest private investment in Kenya’s history, the Lake Turkana Wind Power project was beset with delays and took nearly a decade to rise from the arid landscape 600km (372 miles) north of Nairobi.
The turbines, scattered across Turkana’s stark lunar landscape and rocky hills, began to deliver their first electricity last September.
Today, their giant blades deliver 15% of Kenya’s entire installed capacity, connected to the national grid through a 428km power line.
“Today, we again raise the bar for the continent as we unveil the single largest wind farm,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta, after touring the project. “Kenya is without a doubt on course to become a world leader in renewable energy.”