Celebrating Clean Power in Kenya: The Kipeto Wind Farm

Updated July 13, 2021

The 100 MW Kipeto Wind Power Project
The 100 MW Kipeto Wind Power Project. Photo Credit: Kipeto Energy PLC/Mwangi Kirubi
WATCH: Kipeto Wind Power Plant — U.S. investments in Kenya. Video Credit: USAID Kenya
Power Africa supported a grid modernization program to connect the Kipeto Wind Power Project to Kenya’s national grid. Photo Credit: Kipeto Energy PLC/Mwangi Kirubi
  • Protecting Bird Life and Biodiversity: Two critically endangered raptors, the Rüppell’s vulture and the white-backed vulture, appear within Kipeto’s project area and qualify the area as Critical Habitat. To align with International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6, the project was required to apply a mitigation hierarchy to avoid, minimize, restore, and, where necessary, offset the biodiversity impacts. At the request of the developer, Power Africa and USAID Kenya facilitated a Biodiversity Action Plan to understand, reduce and compensate for the possible impact of wind turbines on vultures and other raptors at the Kipeto site. Coupled with a Power Africa-funded strategic environmental impact-assessment study (SEIAS) for all wind power projects in Kenya, focused on the impacts on birds, this action plan was instrumental for Kipeto to foster goodwill and secure necessary community and environmental approvals. The SEIAS will also benefit the planned phases 2 and 3 of the Kipeto project, as well as all the other wind power projects in Kenya based on the lessons learned from the action plan.
Vultures and a Marabou stork descend to feed at Kipeto
Vultures and a Marabou stork descend to feed at Kipeto. Photo Credit: Kipeto Energy PLC
Kipeto will power approximately 250,000 Kenyan households. Photo Credit: Kipeto Energy PLC/Mwangi Kirubi
The Kipeto Wind Farm at sunset
The Kipeto Wind Farm was commissioned into action on July 5, 2021. Photo Credit: Kipeto Energy PLC/Mwangi Kirubi

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