KenGen plans to develop a 1000MW wind project in Northern Kenya

  • Bloomberg reports that KenGen plans to develop a 1000MW wind farm in Marsabit, northern Kenya.
  • The state-owned energy utility seeks debt funding to cover 75% of capex and finance the balance with equity. 
  • Kenya is currently home to the biggest wind farm in Africa, the 310 MW Lake Turkana Wind Farm.

The 1000 MW wind farm is expected to be completed by 2028, which is two years before Kenya’s deadline to achieve 100% renewable energy production.

The project will be developed in phases based on findings from feasibility studies conducted by the Agence Française de Dévelopement, considering the increase in demand capacity and grid security requirements.

The wind farm is part of the company’s revamped corporate strategy, which seeks to add 3,000 MW to the national grid within the next 10 years. This will double the country’s installed generation capacity to 6,000 MW.

Kenya also recently announced a 300MW green amonia from geothermal energy project. Read more

IRENA reports that Kenya produces 75% of its electricity from renewable sources made up of hydro, wind, gethermal and solar. Read more

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