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Wind Power Project Statement by President Kenyatta

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President Kenyatta at power project in Laisamis, Marsabit County President Kenyatta at power project in Laisamis, Marsabit County

I broke ground to start Africa’s biggest wind power project in Laisamis, Marsabit County as Kenya takes giant steps in asserting its position as a leader in green energy production globally. The project is also the biggest single private sector initiative on the African Continent, costing 623 million euros.

I invited more investors to put their money into wind power production. Government will continue improving the investment environment to encourage the private sector to play a bigger role in driving the Government’s transformation agenda. Kenya will continue investing more in green energy and will continue creating the right environment for more investors in the energy sector. The region is set to change soon with the new investments that the massive power project will unveil.

I asked the residents to look up to the new opportunities and abandon negative practices that make the region unsafe. The wind plant will produce 310 MW of electricity and the first power produced is expected to be connected to the national grid before the end of next year.

My Government will give cheaper tariffs to industries that will open in Marsabit County just like a subsidised tariff is being worked out for companies that are setting up near the Ol Karia geothermal plants. The project will consist of 365 turbines and is expected to achieve 68 per cent load capacity factor, which will make it the most efficient wind power farm in the world.

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