Africa’s largest wind energy plant, the Lake Turkana wind farm in Kenya, has been launched, and the facility’s full capacity of 310MW has been brought online.
Speaking at the launch, President Uhuru Kenyatta highlighted that the project will generate around 310MW of power to the national grid, increasing the country’s electricity supply by 13%, CNN reported.
“Today, we again raised the bar for the continent as we unveil Africa’s single largest wind farm,” said Kenyatta.
He added: “Kenya is without a doubt on course to be a global leader in renewable energy.”
News24 reported that according to Kenyatta, power from the $775 million wind farm would help the government reach its goals of ensuring housing, healthcare, jobs and food security to all citizens.
“Today marks an important milestone in the country’s steady march towards achieving self-sufficiency in power production,” said Mugo Kibati, chairperson of the Lake Turkana Wind Power, a private consortium that runs the plant.