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Rural communities benefit from off-grid wind joint venture

“We are proud to partner in the Wind for Prosperity development programme”

Earlier this week ABB and Vestas announced their joint venture towards electrifying off-grid communities in rural Kenya. The announcement was made at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen where the project will operate as part of Vesta’s Wind for Prosperity Initiative.

The combination of both companies’ expertise will head power technologies and grid integration solutions for rural off-grid in communities in Kenya. The agreement stipulates that Vestas wind turbines together with ABB micro grid power stabilisation will have the ability to create reliable generation systems which are conducive to areas with poor infrastructures.

“We are proud to partner in the Wind for Prosperity development programme” said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.

The Wind for Prosperity Initiative is a commercial business model designed to provide affordable and reliable wind generated power to remote communities. These prices are said to be lower than the popular diesel option.

Morten Albæk, Vestas Group Senior Vice President said, “The Vestas-ABB collaboration on Wind for Prosperity is a significant step forward in bringing these projects to life. The agreement we announced today unites each company’s technological expertise to create a combined solution for exactly the type of off-grid and micro-grid wind-diesel hybrid power generation systems that we envision for Wind for Prosperity.”

This project will centre on rural Kenya as its pilot with the potential to electrify 200 000 locals. Governmental bodies including Kenyan Ministry of Energy as well as Kenya Power and Light Company (KPLC) will be a part of the strategic plans of the initiative.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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