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Plan unveiled for 61MW wind project in central Kenya

A Kenyan developer has unveiled plans to build a 61MW wind farm in the country.

The company, Kinangop Wind Park, says it will apply for a power generation licence from Kenya’s energy regulator next month.

The project will be located on the Kinangop Plateau in central Kenya.

Kenya wants to build alternative clean-energy sources alongside its existing hydropower infrastructure, which has seen its output hit by several years of drought.

The country's first wind farm, the 5MW Ngong Hills facility near Nairobi, entered service last year powered by six Vestas turbines.

Local utility KenGen plans to expand the capacity of Ngong Hills to 25MW by the end of next year.

The country has several other wind farms in the pipeline, most notably the 300MW Lake Turkana project planned by a subsidiary of Dutch developer KP&P.

Construction work on the $870m Lake Turkana development – already several years behind schedule – is due to begin by the end of the year.

Another 60MW wind farm is also planned for the Kinangop region.