Kenya: The government has approved 300 megawatts wind power plant at Bubisa in Marsabit

The firm owned by Kenyans in Diaspora, is required by Ministry of Energy to complete detailed feasibility studies including the electricity transmission line and interconnection facilities.

A similar wind energy plant is planned for Turkana by privately owned Turkana Windpower. The resultant 600 MW from the two wind farms are expected to hugely cut power cost in the country. Kenya relies heavily on fuel guzzling plants as hydro production heads south.

Gitson’s communications director Cyrus Thairu said the firm will engage both parastatals on the project. “We will start negotiating with KPLC the power purchase agreement to set price of selling electricity to the distributor and seek a power production licence from ERC,” he said.

Gitson has submitted a power purchase agreement proposal to KPLC and is waiting for response. The firm has also secured a commitment of about Sh15 billion for building a power transmission line.

Transferring of electricity from Bubisa to KPLC customers will pose a challenge as the locality lacks a transmission line. If the proposed Kenya-Ethiopia transmission line is not completed in time, Gitson will spend more money to be linked to the national grid. Last year Vestas install wind turbines at Ngong Hills.

Nigeria: MAN Builds 30 Megawatt Wind Power

 A 30 megawatt Wind Power Plants is being constructed for manufacturing industries in Kano State . Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) who is behind the project, said the wind farm when completed will transmit and distribute electricity to industries in Bompai and other industrial axis in the State.

MAN President , Alhaji Bashir Borodo, said that the contract for the wind energy had been signed with a foreign technical partner to start work on the first phase of the wind turbines, which he said is 30 megawatt.

Gambia: Wind Power, a Diversification of Energy

Mr. Walter Klotz, the NAWEC task force team leader cum senior electrical engineer has revealed that the wind power project in Batokunku is a diversification of the country’s energy sector.

He said NAWEC’s mission is to provide reliable and environmentally sensitive water and power services to meet customer needs at the required quality and quantity at sustainable prices that will ensure the financial viability of the company and support the social and economic development of The Gambia.

Rwanda: Citizen to Generate Electricity From Wind

Rwanda could soon start to produce significant amount of electricity from wind power, thanks to a project spearheaded by a Rwandan national based in the U.S.

Jackson Ndizeye wants to have rural communities lit up using wind in not later than a year, and has already embarked on the mega project which could contribute at least 6 MW to the country’s energy needs.

State Minister Eng. Albert Butare says at the moment the country has an energy deficit of up to 30 percent, and admits that such innovative undertakings would help the nation not only address the current power supply shortfalls but also in connecting millions of people with electricity.

Ndizeye, through his charity Rwindalectric, is set to commission a 12-month feasibility study to determine the wind capacity of Rwanda, which may cost about $50,000.

Egypt’s wind power project secures $430m loan

Egypt has secured from Japan a $430m loan to finance its 220-megawatt wind farm at Gebel el Zeit on the Gulf of Suez to boost the country’s renewable energy output, Egypt’s state news agency MENA has reported.

Egypt aims to generate 12% of its power from wind and 20% from renewables overall by 2020. Egypt has also recently said it would receive a $100m loan to fund its 1,300 megawatt power plant in the Red Sea coastal town of Ain Sokhna, east of Cairo from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.