Kenya on track to add up to 600MW of new wind capacity over next six years

GE Renewables at Wind Europe
GE Renewable Energy Regional Executive for Onshore Wind in Sub-Saharan Africa, Deo Onyango, speaking at the Wind Europe conference. Photo: Twitter/GErenewables

A senior executive from GE Renewable Energy has told the WindEurope 2019 conference in Bilbao that Kenya is on track to add up to 600MW of new wind capacity over the next six years, as more of its people get access to power for the first time.

Presenting on a Global Wind Energy Council panel on “Opportunities for wind development in Eastern Africa”, Regional Executive for Onshore Wind in Sub-Saharan Africa, Deo Onyango, told the conference: “We expect to see a slowdown of the government accepting PPAs on solar. However, on the wind side there is a huge, huge opportunity.”

Every year for the next five-to-six years, Onyango said GE expected Kenya to added between 50MW and 100MW of wind capacity through projects such as the 102MW Kipeto facility which is expected to come online in 2020 and will feature 60 GE 1.7-103 machines.

Onyango told the conference, which ended yesterday, that feed-in tariffs in Kenya had reduced to about 11 cents per kilowatt hour from 12 cents/kWh five years ago, though the government recently set a price cap of around seven cents/kWh.

“On the demand side, for sure there’s a continued increase in demand for power with industry, with the population and with access as well,” Onyango added.

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