KENYA TO BUILD AFRICA'S LARGEST WIND PROJECT
Danish wind company Vestas won a contract to provide 365 turbines for a 310 megawatt wind power project in Kenya. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project will be the largest of its kind in Africa, and is expected to generate 15-20% of Kenya’s electricity needs when completed. According to project developers, the site is a unique location that is favorable for wind. It is situated at high altitude (2,300 meters), and has consistent and predictable wind patterns. If the project sticks to its schedule, it could have 50 to 90 megawatts up and running in 2015, with full completion by 2016. Backed by loans from the African Development Bank, the more than US$800 million Lake Turkana Wind Power project is expected to be Kenya’s largest private investment ever. For the full story, see http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/1218/Kenya-to-build-Africa-s-largest-wind-project.