Google to invest Sh4 billion in Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

(The Star) Google has said it will invest up to Sh4 billion in a wind power project, expected to generate 310MW of clean energy, at Loiyangalani, Marsabit county.

The company will partner will investors including Overseas Private Investment Corporation, US government’s development finance institution and Vestas in the Lake Turkana Wind Power project.

Vestas is supplying turbines for the wind farm, Google noted in a statement on Wednesday.

“We are making a commitment to invest because it makes financial sense and has the potential to have a massive impact on Kenya’s energy grid,” said Joseph Mucheru, Google Energy Lead for Africa.

“[This will help] accelerate the deployment of renewable energy in one of the world’s fastest growing countries.”

OPIC’s chief executive Elizabeth Littlefield said the “landmark” project will improve lives through reliable clean power delivery.

She said it also underscores the company’s contribution to the progress of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.

Google now supports the largest wind farm and solar projects in Africa; in 2014, Google invested in South Africa’s Sh1.2 billion, 96-MW, Jasper Power Project.

Once complete, the Lake Turkana will be largest by Google, which has committed more than Sh204 billion to 22 clean energy projects.


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