The wind park, which is the largest in Vestas’ history by the number of turbines, is a true testament to Vestas’ strong capabilities in emerging markets. It was, among other things, created to produce renewable energy for Kenya’s national grid and save the country millions of euro in fuel imports.
The 310 MW Lake Turkana wind park, the largest in Vestas’ history by the number of turbines, is a true testament to Vestas’ strong capabilities in emerging markets. The Lake Turkana area has strong and stable winds of 11 s/m on average. Translated this means that the wind turbines produce electricity 70 per cent of the time, which is almost twice as much as what they produce in European onshore wind parks.
Based on current figures, Lake Turkana supplies approximately 15 per cent of Kenya’s electricity consumption. The project has improved access to the Lake Turkana area by establishing more than 200 km of roads which has a significant offset on the area’s infrastructure. The number of power cuts in Kenya has been reduced considerably since the turbines started to run at full speed, and the production of fossil-based energy is more than halved in a year. Consequently, the CO2 emissions have been considerably reduced. It has also been an excellent project for the local labour market; the wind park created approximately 1,800 jobs in connection with the construction of the wind park.