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

Commissioned into action on July 5, 2021, the Kipeto Wind Farm, situated 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, in Kajiado County, is Kenya’s second-largest wind-power project. Comprised of 60 wind turbines supplied by Power Africa partner General Electric, Kipeto will generate 100 megawatts (MW) of clean electricity to power approximately 250,000 Kenyan households.

Power Africa lauds this breakthrough, which will see the lives of many Kenyans change for the better. This new renewable energy source also advances the Government of Kenya’s goal to achieve universal electrification by 2022. Currently, the International Energy Agency reports that 85 percent of Kenyans have access to electricity.

WATCH: Kipeto Wind Power Plant — U.S. investments in Kenya. Video Credit: USAID Kenya

The Kipeto Wind Farm’s journey from concept to commercial operations demonstrates the breadth of Power Africa support, and showcases the incredible achievements made possible through public-private partnership.

Our technical, legal, and transaction advisory ranged from grid modernization and project negotiations, to a $230 million debt facility from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and critical wildlife studies that will benefit future wind power projects. Power Africa also helped the project overcome challenges exacerbated by COVID-19.

Alongside USAID Kenya and partners such as Actis, African Trade Insurance Agency, and BTE Renewables (formerly BioTherm Energy), Power Africa support included:

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
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 success of the Kipeto wind farm reflects Power Africa’s holistic support for energy projects in East Africa. Power Africa’s integrated approach helps partner countries optimize their power supply, increase access to electricity and attract private sector investment to ensure clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity supply to support economic growth and development.

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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