05 May 2014

Ngong Hills - KenGen Wind Farm

Ngong Hills wind farm began with two wind turbines commissioned in 1993 as a grant from the Belgian Government. Those two original turbines were retired and the second phase of the Ngong wind farm was commissioned in August 2009 with six turbines, and a capacity of 5.1 MW of power, on the northern part of the Ngong Hills.

The wind farm is owned by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) and cost $18 million. In April 2013, KenGen began expanding the facility to capacity of 25.5 MW, with additional turbines. On Good Friday, I counted 15 turbines fully installed with many more already delivered to the area and ready. Word on the hills is that there will eventually be 32 turbines.

KenGen is the leading electric power generation company in Kenya, producing about 80 percent of electricity consumed in the country. The company utilizes various sources to generate electricity ranging from hydro, geothermal, thermal, and wind. Hydro is the leading source, with 65 per cent of the company’s installed capacity.

Issac and I standing next to a piece of a turbine

Friendly guys, digging ditches for the cables

Kenya plans to build the largest wind farm in Africa with 350 turbines. The Lake Turkana Wind Power consortium aims to provide 300MW of low cost power. At $800 million, will be the largest single private investment in Kenya’s history.

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