Vietnam News Kenya has launched Africa’s largest wind power plant, contributing to reducing electricity costs and reliance on fossil fuels, as well as promoting this East African country toward an ambitious goal of achieving green 100% by 2020.
On July 21, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that it was built on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the Lake Turkana Wind Energy Farm (LTWP) of 365 turbines with 52-meter-long rotors that will utilize the wind. strong in remote areas in this country.
Total investment for the LTWP farm is US $ 775 million from public-private partnership and African Development Bank (ADB) funding – the largest private investment in Kenyan history. A design capacity of about 310 megawatts will contribute to an increase of 13% of national electricity production, allowing many Kenyans to use electricity at lower prices, as well as help the government achieve its guaranteed targets. housing, health care, employment and food security for all people.
President Kenyatta affirmed with the continent’s largest wind farm, the East African nation has elevated Africa to clean energy development, making Kenya one of the world’s leading countries in renewable energy. Earlier, the President of Kenya announced an ambitious plan with the goal to 2020, the country will use 100% green energy.
In recent years, Kenya has made great strides in renewable energy development and is considered one of the few African countries to make progress on clean energy. According to the 2018 Global Renewable Energy Situation Report, the country ranks ninth in the world for 700 megawatts of geothermal power generation. Electricity output from renewable sources such as hydro and geothermal accounts for about 70% of Kenya’s total electricity – three times the global average.
However, about 25% of Kenya’s population – mainly in rural areas – has not yet used electricity. In addition, people are using high cost electricity and frequent power outages occur due to unstable supply.
Africa currently has large capacity wind farms operating in many parts of Morocco, Ethiopia and South Africa.