Kenyan tour aimed at developing wind power

A delegation from the Kenyan government is currently touring Europe with a view to increasing understanding of the wind power sector and developing the industry at home.

The tour is being supported by the World Wind Energy Association and Windforce Management, who are assisting the Kenyan government to scale up its wind power programme in the near future.

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Kenya is planning to increase their own use of renewable energy as well as attempting to increase interest in wind power investment.

Their stops in Germany and Denmark so far have allowed the delegates to learn from wind power representatives from industry, science, and government. These stops included wind developers, operators, and equipment manufacturers, governmental agencies, international organisations and associations, as well as research and training institutions.

Mr Isaac Kiva, Acting Director for Renewable Energy at the Kenyan Ministry for Energy said: “We have been glad to hear from the practical experience in Germany and Denmark. Kenya has just announced a plan to increase the power generation by an additional 5000 MW in the next 40 months, and wind energy will form a substantial portion of this new capacity. The study tour helped us to understand and appreciate the necessary policy and regulatory frameworks, as well as other key drivers for effective wind energy development programmes.”

Mr Kiva added that key elements of the tour were the promotion of greater understanding of advancement in wind energy grid integration technologies andà‚  arrangements, which make it possible to inject higher percentages of wind than previously conservatively stated.

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