In East Africa, Kenya Power and Kipeto Power Limited signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the development of a 100MW wind power project in Oldonyo Narok near Kiserian, Kajiado County.
Kipeto Power will be responsible for the construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of the wind power project, Kenya Power said in a statement.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the US state’s development finance institution, has committed $233 million towards the wind power project.
Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Henry Rotich said: “The PPA is an important step forward in enabling the country meet its development goals utilising renewable power that is cost effective and environmentally friendly.”
According to Rotich, renewable energy (hydro and geothermal) in the country currently accounts for over 85% of Kenya’s energy mix.
Rotich added that wind power forms part of the country’s plans to diversify the 5,000MW of additional generation capacity.
Eng. Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary for Energy and Petroleum commented: “This 100MW PPA provides the Kipeto stakeholders the off take certainty needed to advance the project and provides Kenya Power with an important addition to their generation plan.”
Njoroge said that the project is one of the biggest committed wind power projects in the region and second to the ongoing 300MW Lake Turkana Wind Project:
“The PPA has a term of 20 years after the power plant commercial operation date. Project development and construction activities will be carried out in 18 to 24 months starting November this year.”
OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield, said that the “financial support to Kipeto is a significant step in OPIC’s pledge to President Barack Obama’s Power Africa Initiative.”
Kenya Power data
According to Kenya Power’s data, the country’s current installed generation capacity of 2,211MW comprises of the following:
- 6% hydro
- 3% geothermal
- 9% fossil thermal
- 4% wind power
The power company said that the Lake Turkana wind power project together with the Kipeto projects will add a total of 400MW.