In Kenya, efforts to produce wind power on a grand scale are underway. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project is a 12-hour drive from Nairobi and, once operational, is set to provide 310 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the Kenyan national grid.
“It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines,” Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member at Lake Turkana Wind Power, told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy on Thursday. “We are hoping to soon see the transmission line completed so that Kenya will be able to benefit from this cheap source of power,” he added.
The project’s location, between the slopes of Mount Kulal and the south eastern end of Lake Turkana, is of great importance when it comes to producing wind power. According to the project, the area’s “unique geographical conditions” result in daily temperature fluctuations which in turn produce strong and predictable wind streams.