With efforts aimed at boosting generation capacity that is clean and affordable through increased renewables, the Meru County Governor Peter Munya, recently concluded a contract with Windlab to develop a large-scale wind farm in the Kenyan County.
In line with this partnership, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said early this month: “Our objective of increasing supply and reliability in order to give access to electricity to all Kenyans at an affordable rate is firmly on course. But more important, we want to ensure that our industries are also able to access power that can make us globally competitive.”
Renewables to bring on needed capacity
The Australia-based wind development company noted in a company statement that this partnership is in line with the County’s investment mandate, adding that “renewable energy is a critical component to provide electricity to the County and the Kenya National Grid”.
Munya said: “The development, construction and operation of a large scale renewable energy project within the County will bring employment, energy security and expertise to the region.
“This is much needed to ensure social and economic prosperity.”
The Governor added: “The Meru County is actively supporting various economic opportunities including tourism and agricultural opportunities. The addition of new energy sources is important to ensure that the investment growth that the County is securing can be implemented with the appropriate investment in the infrastructural requirements.”
Wind power an affordable choice
According to Windlab Africa’s managing director, Peter Venn, wind farms are currently the cheapest form of new electricity generation capacity, which can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa and throughout the world.
“The combination of wind energy with the other forms of energy that the County and Kenya already has will create a well-integrated renewable energy platform for Kenya to leverage,” Venn said.
He added: “Kenya is blessed with vast amounts of renewable energy potential and a well-structured private electricity market that allows private power investors to operate and succeed.”