Kenya: Ngong Power Plant to Be Commissioned

Kengen will soon commission its expanded Ngong wind power plant to scale up contribution from renewable sources. The wind farm, which was put up in three phases near Nairobi, has been generating 5.5MW to the national grid. Speaking in Naivasha yesterday, Kengen CEO Albert Mugo did not give the exact date of the launch.

He said wind generation constitutes one per cent of total generation. The Ngong phase II project, which started in 2009, was financed by Spain.

The 13.6MW wind power project cost 20 million Euros (Sh2.2 billion). Mugo said the government is committed to lowering electricity prices through renewable energy sources.

He said a new evacuation system will eliminate challenges of voltage fluctuations faced in the first phase. The February issue of Fortune Magazine says Kenya is an emerging economy to invest in because of a promising power sector development.