Kipeto Wind Power farm
Kipeto Wind Power farm

In a bid to boost the renewable energy sector, French Development Agency (AFD) has signed a KES6.93bn loan with Kenya Electricity Generating Company(KenGen) to fund construction of the 80 megawatt Meru wind power plant.  This project will contribute greatly to Kenya’s energy mix by generating environmentally friendly electrical energy and curbing carbon emissions at reduced costs.

In a bid to boost the renewable energy sector, French Development Agency (AFD) has signed a KES6.93bn loan with Kenya Electricity Generating Company(KenGen) to fund construction of the 80 megawatt Meru wind power plant.  This project will contribute greatly to Kenya’s energy mix by generating environmentally friendly electrical energy and curbing carbon emissions at reduced costs.

According to the pact, the project includes all infrastructure on site such as roads, collector network, service area, control room; step-up substation within the perimeter of the wind farm (80 MVA,33ll32kV), designed and constructed with provision to be upgraded to 220 kV for future wind farm stages.

The funds will also be used on an overhead transmission line (OHTL) of approximately 20km designed and constructed with a provision to be upgraded to 220 kV for future wind project stages, which will connect the step-up substation to the existing I32kV bay in Isiolo substation, currently under commissioning.

Vestas wind turbines installed at the Kipeto wind project,Ngong

 

Meanwhile, the Kipeto wind farm in Ngong is on course after China Machinery Engineering Corporation secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the wind farm. The contractors will take up the role of designing, supplying, civil engineering and construction, installation, training, commissioning, technical services and other works of the project.

Ground work on the project has been ongoing, with the company already signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with electricity distributor Kenya Power for an undisclosed amount in 2015. Kipeto Energy Limited also entered into an agreement with US conglomerate GE to install 47 GE 1.6-100 and 16 GE 1.6-82.5 wind turbines each with a rated capacity of 1.62 MW which leads to an installed capacity of 102.06 MW. It is estimated that the project activity will supply 410,476 MWh of clean electricity to the Kenyan national electricity grid per year.

Further, a US public agency responsible for mobilizing capital for private firms, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) pledged to inject KES17 billion into the project. This forms part of the KES43 billion that the US intends to invest in the country’s renewable energy resources in the next five years

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