Kenya Power signs 100MW wind energy purchase deal with US firm

A wind power farm in Kajiado County. The
A wind power farm in Kajiado County. The government aims to raise the country’s power capacity by an extra 5,000 MW by the end of 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU  

Kenya Power has signed a 20-year, 100 megawatt power purchase agreement with Kipeto Power, which is developing an energy generation project in Oldonyo Narok, Kajiado.

Kipeto has already received $233 million (Sh23.3 billion) financing from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development fund of the United States government, for the wind project.

Under the PPA, the firm will construct, own, operate and maintain the project, with Kenya Power purchasing the power generated.

“The PPA is an important step forward in enabling the country to meet its development goals by utilising renewable power that is cost effective and environmentally friendly,” said the acting Secretary for Energy and Petroleum, Henry Rotich.