Kenya plans wind energy expansion

KENYA: Wind energy will be a substantial part of Kenya's 5GW planned power generation increase over the next 40 months, a Kenyan government official announced on a European study tour.

Kenya plans wind energy expansion
Kenya plans wind energy expansion

A Kenyan government delegation met with key European wind power developers and operators, government departments, and research and training institutes to increase the use of renewable energy in the country and attract investment in wind power.

Representatives from the energy ministry, energy regulatory commission, and Kenya Power and Lighting Company visited Germany and Denmark.

Isaac Kiva, director for renewable energy, said: "Kenya intends to increase its power sector in the near future substantially, primarily by expanding the use of renewable energy.

"Kenya has just announced a plan to increase the power generation by an additional 5,000MW in the next 40 months, and wind energy will form a substantial portion of this new capacity."

The tour was facilitated by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and organised by India’s Windforce Management, which is analysing Kenya’s wind data and will propose a wind energy development plan for the country.

Stefan Gsänger, WWEA secretary general, said: "We are very pleased about Kenya's ambitious plans in wind power and that we can help the government with practical advice from our members on how to implement wind technology in Kenya."

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