February 6 (Renewables Now) - Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc (KPLC) has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with developer Bahari Wind Ltd to secure the output of a proposed 90-MW onshore wind farm in the Kenyan coastal region of Lamu.
Belgium’s Elicio NV, one of two partners in Bahari Wind, has said that the guaranteed offtake will enable it to finalise the development of the USD-180-million (EUR 163.6m) project and raise funds for its construction.
The wind farm, to be located in Mpeketoni, Lamu County, will be equipped with 22 turbines. With 90 MW of capacity, the project is shaping up to be Kenya’ third largest wind farm after the 310-MW Lake Turkana, inaugurated last summer, and the 100-MW Kipeto, still under construction.
Elicio expects to start construction in 2022. Bahari Wind, Elicio’s partnership with Kenyan developer Kenwind, will own, operate and maintain the wind farm.
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