Connecting to the National Grid

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) is delighted to announce that it has been notified by Kenya Power (KPLC) that KETRACO has informed KPLC that testing on one-circuit of the 428KM Loiyangalani – Suswa 220/400Kv transmission line and 400/33Kv sub-station will be completed this week. Accordingly, LTWP will commence the plant operation tests and commissioning of the wind-farm and begin to generate electricity for supply into the national grid in the coming days. We look forward to the imminent completion also of the second-circuit of the transmission line.

This is a huge milestone in the lifespan of a ground-breaking and transformational project that is hoped will inspire other African countries to follow suit and lead the continent towards a greener and more sustainable future. Via the use of innovative technology that harnesses energy from the wind, LTWP will provide a low-cost, reliable and clean source of electricity that can light up one million households across the country.

And by selling this renewable energy at a much cheaper rate to KPLC this project will contribute towards lowering the cost of electricity to Kenyans, will save the Government close to € 170 Million yearly (KES 20 billion) on fuel imports by displacing power from HFO and diesel generated thermal plants, and, finally, will provide Kenyan businesses with the power to grow and be competitive in the global arena.

LTWP is Kenya’s largest private sector investment to-date and one of the most complex energy financing projects undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa. LTWP is proud to showcase this project whose success could not have been achieved without the solid partnership and support of the Government of Kenya, KPLC, KETRACO, the ERC, the communities of Marsabit County, our financiers and local and international contractors.

For more information about the LTWP project, please have a read through the resources on our site: https://ltwp.co.ke/.

Celebrating Charity

On Wednesday 5th September, the world will celebrate International Day of Charity – a day to shine a deserved spotlight on charitable organisations from all over the globe. It was in 2012 that the United Nations decided to nominate this day to honour the incredible work that these organisations do. The 5th of September was picked due to it being the anniversary of Mother Theresa’s death, a person who had devoted her entire life to philanthropy. And whilst this may be yet another entry on the global calendar that is increasingly being populated with specific days to commemorate all sorts of events and activities (there is Wildlife Day, Read a Book Day and even Strange Music Day!), we believe this particular annual celebration is one of the most important.

Every year, charities help to save and improve lives, fight diseases, protect children, and give hope to millions of people. The determined humanitarian work is ongoing and often gruelling in hard-to-reach areas. Spending a day congratulating those that truly make a difference to the world is the very least we can do and, in this spirit, we’d like to say “Asanteni” (thank you) to all our members of staff at our Winds of Change (WoC) Foundation.

Since its inception, Lake Turkana Wind Power has placed community support at the heart of the project. As part of our commitment, we established WoC and promised to dedicate a portion of our revenues to activities that would improve local livelihoods in the area. Working in partnership with county governments, local leaders and NGOs, our staff work hard to provide a sustainable impact by enhancing employability and improving general access to health and education services as well as clean water.

Dominic Kurewa Dabalen is from Korr, in northern Kenya, and is a WoC Field Program Officer. In his own words:

“My main role is community engagement and interaction, to better understand community needs. I work closely with these communities to identify potential development projects and then act as their main contact person while projects are being implemented.

The most rewarding aspect of my job is being able to work for an organisation that is helping to improve the livelihoods of people in the constituency that I am from and grew up in. Having grown up in the area, I fully appreciate the importance of having to improve access to education, health and water facilities.”

For more information about the LTWP foundation, please visit the dedicated page: https://ltwp.co.ke/winds-of-change/.