by Robert Manyara
MARSABIT (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Friday
launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa’s largest
wind farm, which has an installed capacity of 310 MW of clean
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said
during the launch that the project, the single largest
private-sector investment in Kenya, will boost the country’s
electricity capacity by nearly 20 percent.
Kenyatta said the government has stepped up efforts to
encourage development of wind farms and other renewable green
sources of electricity.
The wind farm, located in Loiyangalani, Marsabit County in
northern Kenya, consists of 365 turbines with overhead electric
grid collection system and a high voltage sub-station. The
project is expected to achieve 68 percent load capacity factor.
According to Kenyatta, Kenya’s installed power capacity has
increased from 1,768 MW in March 2013 to 2,712 MW.
Lake Turkana Wind Power project is located in Loiyangalani
District, Marsabit County, Kenya.