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Wind Power News: Kenya


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 6, 2018 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kinangop Wind Park loses Sh31b claim against GoK in London Court

London, UK, Jul 6 – The International Court of Arbitration seating in London, has dismissed a claim against the Government of Kenya for over Sh31 billion that had been filed by Kinangop Wind Park Limited. The Tribunal in its award issued on 2nd July 2018 dismissed all the claims by the wind power firm but has reserved the final award on costs of the arbitration. The arbitration arose out of a proposed 60.8 Megawatt wind turbine farm to be located . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kenya Power billed for idle wind farm

The developers of Lake Turkana Wind Power project have started billing Kenya Power every month for its failure to distribute their production due to lack of a transmission line. This is despite recent discussions between Energy ministry officials and the wind farm managers to delay the billing that would ultimately be passed on to consumers. “They have been billing Kenya Power,” said an energy sector source who sought anonymity, adding that the government could be absorbing a Sh700 million monthly . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Turkana Wind Power land case on after talks collapse

A land dispute between the Lake Turkana Wind Power Ltd and Marsabit residents is set for full hearing after out-of-court negotiations collapsed. Laisamis residents have accused the firm of acquiring 150,000 acres of their ancestral land for the project without following due process. The matter will come up for hearing today for the parties to file submissions. On November 9, the High Court sitting in Meru declined to stop the Sh75 billion Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Marsabit and . . . Complete story »

April 23, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms in the way of vultures

Since 2015, four of the eight species of vultures found in Kenya have been listed as critically endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means they are one step short of becoming extinct. High on the cliffs of Kwenia, 95km south of Nairobi, lives a colony of one of the Ruppell’s vulture. The estimated global population of Ruppell’s vulture is 22,000. “Ruppell’s vultures breed in steep cliffs,” said Dr Darcy Ogada of The Peregrine Fund, a . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kiserian wind turbine blades to destroy birds

A proposed wind power project in Kiserian, Kajiado county, has run into trouble after conservationists rejected it, saying it could wipe out migratory birds. BirdLife International, Nature Kenya, Kenya Bird of Prey Trust and the Peregrine Fund say the project threatens critically endangered bird species. In a statement on Tuesday last week, they said the project is close to the nesting sites of two species of endangered vultures and an important flyway for a huge number of migratory birds. “Just . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2017 • Blogs, KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kipeto Wind Energy Project could wipe out critically endangered birds

BirdLife International, Nature Kenya, Kenya Bird of Prey Trust and The Peregrine Fund have collectively expressed concern over a proposal to develop the Kipeto Wind Energy Project, in Kajiado County, Kenya. This is due to the fact that the proposed wind farm will be in close proximity to the nesting sites of two species of Critically Endangered vultures and also close to an important flyway for a vast numbers of migratory birds. Just 14 km from Kwenia cliffs – the . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2017 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal Court upholds ruling halting Sh71b Marsabit power project

An ambitious plan by the Government to add 300MW wind power and 50MW solar power to the national grid may not happen any time soon. This is after the Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the High Court to halt the $690 million (Sh71 billion) project that would have helped the country tap green energy resources in Northern Kenya. Court of Appeal judges Salkale Ole Kantai, Hannah Okwengu and Erastus Githinji, in separate judgements, were unanimous that High Court . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2016 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Turkana wind farm may face court battle over land issues

The High Court in Meru, Kenya, last week rejected a request to stop the development of the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project but restricted construction activities to 87,500 acres of the total 150,000 acres plot on which it is sited. Residents of the Laisamis constituency in the Marsabit County, where the project is located, claim the project had acquired 150,000 acres of their ancestral land without following due procedures. Justice Peter Njoroge of the Environment and Land Court last . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2016 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Kinangop Wind Park placed under receivership after pulling plug on Ksh15B project

Kinganop Wind Park limited (KWP) has been placed under receivership, two months after it pulled the plug on a Sh15 billion shillings wind power project. Messrs Muniu and Kuria Muchiru from PwC have been appointed as the receiver managers of the firm seizing all operations and assets of the firm. “Additionally, the powers and authority to enter into contracts on behalf of the company or commit the company in any way rests with the receivers,” the receiver managers said in . . . Complete story »

April 20, 2016 • KenyaPrint storyE-mail story

Mpeketoni wind power project faced with compensation row

A compensation row has emerged between farmers at the proposed 90 MW wind power project in Mpeketoni where farmers and area leaders are opposing the move to award Ken Wind Holdings a 3,200 acre farm. The residents are saying that they would only support the project if a proper compensation and resettlement plan is provided for the 259 families living in the area. Speaking in Bahari Ward at the proposed site in Lamu West Constituency, Lamu West Member of Parliament Julius . . . Complete story »

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