The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

Kenya To Scale Up Wind Power Programme

Kenya plans to significantly scale up its wind power programme as part of an effort to increase the use of renewable energy in the country on a large scale.

According to an announcement from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), a delegation from the Kenyan government recently undertook a study tour through Germany and Denmark in order to consult with wind industry professionals, government officials and scientists on optimising a national wind power strategy.

In the delegation were representatives of Kenya’s energy ministry and energy regulatory commission as well as the Kenya Power and Lighting Company. They visited wind developers, operators and equipment manufacturers, government agencies, research and training facilities and trade associations.

The tour was part of a programme organised by Indian project developer and service provider WinDForce Management, which has been contracted to evaluate Kenya’s wind resources and to propose a wind energy development plan and prospectus for the nation.

Isaac Kiva, acting director for renewable energy at Kenya’s energy ministry, said: “Kenya intends to increase its power sector in the near future substantially, primarily by expanding the use of renewable energy. Wind power has to play a key role in this, and we have been glad to hear from the practical experience in Germany and Denmark.”

The energy ministry has recently announced an ambitious plan, called 5000+ Megawatts for transforming Kenya, intended to increase the country’s power generation by 5 GW in less than four years, with wind power contributing a substantial amount of the new capacity. The plan also aims to retire diesel generators from the electricity mix and reduce Kenya's dependence on hydropower, which can be affected by lack of rainfall.

“The study tour helped us to understand and appreciate the necessary policy and regulatory frameworks,” Kiva said, “as well as other key drivers for effective wind energy development programmes.

“Key elements of the tour were the understanding of advancement in wind energy grid integration technologies and arrangements, which make it possible to inject higher percentages of wind than previously conservatively stated,” he continued.

Kenya’s total installed power generation capacity is currently 1700 MW, according to the energy regulatory commission. Hydropower accounts for 60 percent of electricity generation, while in 2012 wind, along with cogeneration, contributed 1.5 percent of the nation's electricity mix. The largest fuel source in the country is wood at 68 percent, followed by oil at 20 percent.

Stefan Gsänger, WWEA secretary general, said: "Given that Kenya is setting up the right policies in the near future, the country is about to become the wind power hub of Eastern Africa. Considering the potential market size of several thousands of megawatts, Kenya may soon attract domestic as well as international investors in this sector on a large scale.”

Utility KenGen currently provides over 80 percent of Kenya’s electricity. The government’s plan includes strategies for attracting new investors to the power sector.

Lead image: Kenyan flag via Shutterstock

Read more wind energy news here.



Untitled Document

Get All the Renewable Energy World News Delivered to Your Inbox - FREE!

Subscribe to Renewable Energy World Magazine and our award-winning e-Newsletter to stay up to date on current news and industry trends.

 Subscribe Now


US Senate Democrats Unveil Energy Bill That Restores PTC and Extends ITC

Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Senate Democrats unveiled a bill that would provide more tax credits for renewable energy while killing some tax ince...

Sage Grouse Removed as Threat to Biggest Wind Farm in U.S.

Christopher Martin, Bloomberg Billionaire Phil Anschutz’s plans to build a $5 billion wind farm in southeast Wyoming will no longer be stymied by t...

CEO Gilles: Challenge in Geothermal is to 'Level Playing Field' with Wind, Solar

Jennifer Delony The current challenge for the geothermal energy industry is what U.S. Geothermal CEO Dennis Gilles calls “leveling th...

NRG Energy to Form Renewable Unit, Sell Wind Assets to Yieldco

Mark Chediak and Matthew Monks, Bloomberg NRG Energy Inc., the worst-performing member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index this year, said it will form a renewa...


NC State University Installs Student-Funded Spotlight Solar Structure to Drive Awareness and Adoption of Clean Energy

North Carolina State University (NC State) will today showcase its commitment to clean ...

Canadian Solar Signs Agreement with Mashiki Town and Kumamoto Prefecture to Build 47 MW Solar Plant in Japan

Canadian Solar Signs Agreement for 47 MW Solar Plant

NEC Energy Partners with Eos Energy Storage to Bring Revolutionary Energy Storage Product to Market

NEC Energy Solutions (“NEC ES”), a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announced today that ...

$100 Discount on 5-day Advanced PV Project Experience Workshop

Upcoming 5-day Workshops: Nov. 7 - 11 Feb. 6 - 10


Beyond Utility 2.0: Part 4 “Next Steps”

Principles, Structure, and Policies of Energy Democracy Energy democracy can best be described as an electricity sy...

30 Minutes Off

Smartphones have become one of the most valuable tools in the business world. They give us access to our email, conta...

Weather watching

GCube, the renewable energy sector insurance underwriter, has launched a new Weather Risk Transfer mechanism to provi...

How to Save on Your Next Power Bill

  Your rooftop solar is going to generate less electricity over the winter months. Your hot water and he...


Tildy Bayar is a journalist focusing on the energy sector. She is a former Associate Editor on and Renewable Energy World magazine.


Volume 18, Issue 4


To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:


Tweet the Editors! @jennrunyon



Doing Business in Europe – in partnership with GWEC, the Global Win...

There is now 128.8 GW of installed wind energy capacity in the EU (appro...

JuiceBox Energy Certified Installer Class

JuiceBox Energy is rapidly building out its national certified installer...

Wind Operator Congress Europe

The UK’s only business-focused O&M event for the European wind...


Clean Energy Patents Maintain High Levels in First Quarter, Solar L...

U.S. patents for Clean Energy technologies from the first quarter of 201...

Fact Check: AWEA represents American wind power

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is proud of its members for ...

Koch Professor drops his Koch title, still makes same errors plus s...

The Koch Professor’s title isn’t the only thing that’s...


Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now