In Summary:
– Several other potential Independent Power producers attending the ongoing Meru County investment conference pointed out the need to have secure acquisition of land in developing the projects.
– KenGen has since established wind masts to enable it collate data that will inform the viability of the project and a possible scale up.
– “We need to close the consumption gap because what individuals consume indicate their value of living. South Africa is struggling to supply its power needs but their 450KW/h per capita consumption is thrice that of Kenya,” Mr Wekesa said.
– Again many of the land issues were middel men are eager o take advantage of landowners, and the investors. The same time Many landowners does not trust the investor or Government as they have been let down so many times and are not given or paid what they were promissed.

A South African investor has pledged to sink close to Sh10 billion in a wind power plant, in Meru County.

Windlab Developments South Africa Managing Director Peter Venn said the potential for wind power in the county was huge and sufficient to provide the much needed energy as a catalyst to development.

“I am ready to invest USD100 right away to develop wind energy in this county as long as we have the assurance of securing land because that is a real challenge here,” Mr Venn said.

This is what’s the real challenge as well if yiu dont get in contact with the person you need to deal with, as if your so unfortunately unfortunate to get hold of a person below the one in charge you will most likely have fight much hard and be paying that person a Hugh amount of money to get through to the on charge, which is also why many invrstoinvestorsrs that are willing to invest puls out after loosing Hugh amounts.

Several other potential Independent Power producers attending the ongoing Meru County investment conference pointed out the need to have secure acquisition of land in  developing the projects.

The three day conference continues to Saturday.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company is currently carrying out visibility study to set up a 400MW wind power plant along the Meru-Isiolo border which has a wind corridor.

We are aware of an investors and developer that are interested in setting up a wind energy project in Kenya near nairobi that can be among the worlds biggest renewable energy project with more than 1300 Mwh but the developer have problems making an agreement because of the people that comes in between and all wants something and create mistrust from the community to the developers.

The developer is even ready to sell the power cheaper to KPLC than the official price, and they are saying they now have an idea on why wind power in East Africa (kenya, and Tanzania) cost 2,4 million USD and up (per MWh) where in other parts of the world the price is from about 1,2 million USD and up. They and others are saying it is simply because everyone wants money (bribery, etc.) Even the one that are supposed to do their job but dont want unless they get a lot more out of it.

VIABILITY OF PROJECT

KenGen has since established wind masts to enable it collate data that will inform the viability of the project and a possible scale up.

Another IPP, Blue Sea Energy is planning to install 27 wind turbines in the County to tap wind power.

Meru County is said to have a geographical advantage of being between the drier Isiolo areas and the cold mount Kenya causing a natural flow of wind that can be tapped to produce high capacity of wind power.

Kenya is said to have a low power consumption per capita compared to her peers in the African continent.

KenGen Development and Strategy director Moses Wekesa said only 1,520 MW of the current 2,120MW produced is consumed. This simply because of the poor infrastructure.

“We need to close the consumption gap because what individuals consume indicate their value of living. South Africa is struggling to supply its power needs but their 450KW/h per capita consumption is thrice that of Kenya,” Mr Wekesa said.

Several investors criticised the low quality of power supply even as Kenya Power was not represented.

Of interest to many is why there was more power than the country needed yet millions of households were still not connected to the main grid.