Maralal Energy Limited is set to build a wind power plant in Meru at a cost of 4.5 billion Kenya Shillings, becoming the latest firm to set up a renewable energy plant in the county. This is the latest wind farm project being set up in Meru County, as KenGen and Blueseas Energy are currently undertaking projects that will together have a 500MW output.“Maralal Energy Limited intends to develop wind turbines to generate 60MW of electricity and supply to the national grid,” the firm notes in filings with the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).
The project site is in Buuri constituency, about eight kilometres south of Isiolo and 25km North of Meru town. The company’s filings with Nema indicate that the firm has leased an undisclosed size of land from more than 400 farmers in the area. The project is expected to take up to 24 months to complete from the date of approval. “The proposed project will generate 60MW from wind turbines and contribute to meeting electricity demand and minimizing the dependence on hydropower, biomass and fossil fuel for power generation,” the firm noted.
Meru has recently been the hub of renewable energy with many investors pitching tent in the county with several multi-billion shilling projects in the pipeline. Power generator KenGen is set to develop a 400MW multi billion-shilling wind power farm in Meru, adding to its growing portfolio of renewable energy sources.
The first phase of this project, which is expected to complete by December 2017, will generate 100MW at a cost of Sh27 billion ($270 million). While Blueseal Energy is set to generate 200MW of wind power in Meru and Isiolo (100MW) and Lambwe Valley in South Nyanza (100MW) by 2017.