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Gusts of opposition hit Kenyan wind farm project

The plant aims to provide electrical power to
The plant aims to provide electrical power to 150,000 Kenyan homes by 2018. PHOTO | FILE 

A planned $144 million (Sh13.5 billion) wind farm project in Central Kenya has run into opposition from farmers who fear being forced to sell their land and allege that the wind turbines could cause health problems.

The Kenyan developers of the Kinangop Wind Park clean energy project say they will pay farmers for any land offered, and that no one will be required to sell their property.

They say they have also adhered to international standards in planning the 16-square-kilometre project at the foot of the Aberdare mountain range - and that Kenya needs the energy.

The plant aims to provide electrical power to 150,000 Kenyan homes by 2018.

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