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KenGen to add 10MW from wind power, MD tells shareholders

He said, “It is our firm belief that the current focus on environmentally friendly technologies to generate energy for industrial and domestic use will improve its affordability and also increase energy security by reducing reliance on oil-based sources”.

By Oscar NdundaWednesday, 23 Nov 2016 08:50 EAT

KenGen plans to add more 10 Megawatts from Wind Power from the Ngong’ Wind Farm. The Ngong’ Wind Farm currently contributes 26 Megawatts of electric power on a daily basis from 30 turbines was initiated in 2009 following a grant of 12 million Euros from the Belgium Government. During an investors tour to the wind Farm at Ngong’ Hills on Tuesday KenGen’ Chairman Joshua Choge pointed that the company was evaluating its successes as it aims to take other projects including a solar farm at Gitaru.

“The company is taking the right direction, we as the management we are evaluating the success of the company and we want to take the company to the next level and we are carrying out a study to set up a solar farm at Gitaru,” said Mr Choge during tour to familiarise the company's shareholders with how their investments are managed. This comes after another investor’s tour was carried out at Olkaria and Seven Forks last year. KenGen’s Managing Director Albert Mugo explained that the company is looking forward to add more power to ensure that there is no power rationing whereas use renewable sources of energy which are environment-friendly.

Mr Mugo further pointed out that they are negotiating with the community around Gitaru to lease out their land for the solar power energy which will be expected to produce 80 Megawatts of electric power on a daily basis. “Ngong' Power Station is the only wind farm that is connected to the national grid in Kenya. The construction of the wind power farm was expanded as a way of scaling up energy sources as the country looks to green energy”, Eng. Mugo told the shareholders.

He said, “It is our firm belief that the current focus on environmentally friendly technologies to generate energy for industrial and domestic use will improve its affordability and also increase energy security by reducing reliance on oil-based sources”.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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