Meru Wind Power Station
Location of Meru Wind Power Station in Kenya
CountryKenya
LocationMeru, Meru County
Coordinates00°19′47″N 37°35′30″E / 0.32972°N 37.59167°E / 0.32972; 37.59167Coordinates: 00°19′47″N 37°35′30″E / 0.32972°N 37.59167°E / 0.32972; 37.59167
StatusPlanned
Commission date2017 (Expected)
Owner(s)KenGen
Power generation
Nameplate capacity400 MW (540,000 hp)

Meru Wind Power Station, also Meru Wind Farm, is a 400MW wind-powered power station, under construction in Kenya.[1][2]

Location

The power station is located in northwestern Meru County, near the Meru CountyIsiolo County border, south of Isiolo Airport.[1] This location lies approximately 274 kilometres (170 mi), by road, northeast of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya.[3] The approximate coordinates of the power station are 0°19'47.0"N, 37°35'30.0"E (Latitude:0°19'47.0"N; Longitude:37°35'30.0"E).[4]

Overview

As part of efforts to diversify the national electricity sources, the government of Kenya plans to construct a 400 megawatt wind power station in Meru County. Kenya Electricity Generating Company, the government-controlled power generator will own and operate the power station. The first phase of this power station with generation capacity of 100MW was expected to come online in 2017,[5][6] but delayed due to land disputes.[7] An 80 MW combined wind, solar and battery project began construction in 2020.[8]

Development partners

The project's first phase with capacity of 100 megawatts will cost approximately US$270 million (KSh26.4 billion), borrowed from France’s Development Agency (AfD) and Germany’s Development Bank (KfW).[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Xinhua (July 2015). "Kenyans planning to develop biggest wind power farm project". Mombasa: Coastweek.com Quoting Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. ^ Otuki, Neville (7 April 2016). "Uhuru secures Sh7 billion from France for Meru wind power". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  3. ^ GFC (12 February 2016). "Distance between Nairobi, Kenya and Isiolo Airport, Isiolo, Kenya". Globefeed.com (GFC). Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ Google (12 February 2016). "Location of Meru Wind Power Station" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Mutegi, Mugambi (2 July 2015). "KenGen in 400MW wind power farm plan for Meru". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  6. ^ Masinde, Joshua (2 July 2015). "KenGen plans a 400MW wind farm in Meru". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Kenya: KenGen halts Meru Wind Farm project". ESI-Africa.com. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  8. ^ Mutembei, Phares (17 January 2020). "Construction of wind power project kicks off". The Standard.