Kenya to get Africa’s biggest wind farm

Some 365 wind turbines will be installed in desert around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya to create the biggest wind farm in Africa. Once completed in 2012, the farm will have a capacity of 300 megawatts. The £533 million (USD895 million) project, backed by the African Development Bank, will have a quarter of Kenya’s current installed power and one of the highest proportions of wind energy to be fed in a national grid anywhere in the world. The German consortium working on the project has leased 66,000 hectares of the world’s largest permanent desert lake. Extreme temperatures generate extreme winds and this is the reason wind farms have great potential in Africa.

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Some 365 wind turbines will be installed in desert around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya to create the biggest wind farm in Africa. Once completed in 2012, the farm will have a capacity of 300 megawatts. The £533 million (USD895 million) project, backed by the African Development Bank, will have a quarter of Kenya’s current installed power and one of the highest proportions of wind energy to be fed in a national grid anywhere in the world. The German consortium working on the project has leased 66,000 hectares of the world’s largest permanent desert lake. Extreme temperatures generate extreme winds and this is the reason wind farms have great potential in Africa.

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