GE Renewable Energy is to supply the turbines for the 102 MW Kipeto wind farm in Kenya.
Kipeto is expected to reach commercial operation in 2020 and will provide energy to Kenya’s national grid through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power and Lighting.
GE Renewable Energy will provide 60 of its 1.7-103 turbines for the project, as well as operations and maintenance services. It will be located in Kajiado county and will form a key part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 programme and Big Four Agenda.
GE announced recently that the wind farm had achieved financial close, with Actis and local company Craftskills Wind Energy International equity investors. Debt finance is being provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s development finance institution.
GE Energy Financial Services provided advisory services for the financial deal, GE said in a statement.
Peter Wells, GE’s Onshore Wind Regional Director for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “GE is incredibly proud to be a part of this exciting endeavor. The Kipeto project is an important step forward in providing affordable, reliable clean energy to the region, and meeting Kenya’s renewable energy goals. We look forward to working with our partners on the journey for years to come.”