Winds of Change Foundation hands over two new classrooms to Gatab Primary School

Winds of Change Foundation Chairman Willem Dolleman, accompanied by LTWP staff and other invited guests handed over two new classrooms to Gatab Primary School.

Gatab Primary School, which was started in 1967, currently hosts 422 pupils. The new classrooms will serve class 7 and 8 pupils and have proven timely as schools across the country strive to maintain social distancing protocols ordered by the national government to stop the spread of Covid-19. Learners across the country have been forced to learn outside as schools try to adhere to Covid-19 prevention protocols.

Underscoring the value of unity and collaboration, Willem Dolleman finished his remarks by calling for unity among the community. “We need to pull together to make a difference in the lives of our friends and families. Alone a finger is weak, but together they make a strong fist,” he said.

LTWP CEO, Jon Zaidi, encouraged the pupils to dream big. “The only limitations you can have are the ones you put on yourself, so never put limitations on who you are,” he said. He further encouraged the pupils to pursue learning, in keeping with LTWP’s value of always seeking excellence, telling them, “Enjoy the process of learning and always seek knowledge.”

Jackline Mayana Lentoror, a former pupil at Gatab Primary School, and currently a HSE Officer at LTWP noted the importance of the project by mentioning the struggles she endured while at the school. “In my time we didn’t have concrete classrooms. These classrooms will reduce the stress on the pupils and allow them to excel,” she said.

Gatab Primary School Principal, Shadrack Lengoyiap, expressed his gratitude to Winds of Change Foundation, “I believed that this dream would come true. In 2019, the tractors started moving and today we have well-constructed classrooms for our learners. I am grateful to Winds of Change Foundation and LTWP for building these classes.”

Winds of Change Foundation is committed to enhancing the livelihoods of the communities around the wind farm by helping improve access to education.

Also in attendance at the handing over were the Sub County Director of Education, Mr. Andrew Galgidede, Area Chief Hosea Lemuni, and South Horr/Kargi MCA Assunta Galgitele.

Lake Turkana Wind Power Partners with Clir Renewables to Optimize Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), leaders in African renewable energy generation, has announced a partnership agreement with Clir Renewables, the leading provider of performance assessment software for renewable energy.  Clir will enhance LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realizing potential opportunities for optimization.

Kenya has committed to meeting a growing demand for electricity with 100% renewable generation, in order to bring down both national emissions and electricity costs. LTWP’s flagship 310MW wind farm has been sited in a region with consistently strong, unidirectional winds. With the wind farm now operational, LTWP has turned its focus on ensuring that the wind farm is able to take full advantage of this optimal resource, and, ultimately deliver consistent, high yield returns for its investors.

As such, LTWP has entered into a partnership with Clir, who will analyze data from each of Lake Turkana’s 365 turbines in the context of available resource, geospatial features, and nearby turbines. Through its machine learning-driven analysis, Clir will be able to see through the ‘noise’ of resource fluctuation and identify any instances of underperformance and their causes, providing LTWP with the insights necessary to increase annual energy production, monitor asset health and manage technical financial risk. Clir’s team will further use this analysis to compare individual asset performance at a project, portfolio, and industry level, with insights shared with all project stakeholders via Clir’s reporting function.

David O’Hare, Director, Europe, Clir said: “Lake Turkana is a particularly unique project – it’s the first of this scale in Africa and has been developed to take advantage of some of the best conditions for consistent energy production. Having worked across a number of large-scale, unique projects around the world, we are keen to leverage our wide-ranging experience to assess Lake Turkana’s current performance and potential gains.

“We are delighted to provide access to our industry-leading analytics and the team’s global expertise in support of LTWP as it realizes the full potential of this project and the region’s incredible resource, both in terms of energy generation and resulting returns – a share of which we are delighted to see has been committed to the company’s corporate social responsibility arm, the ‘Winds of Change Foundation’.”

Wellington Otieno, Chief Technical Officer, LTWP said: “We are committed to making sure this project produces beyond our expectations. With Clir, our team of local technicians will be supported with the most up-to-date digital tools and analytics to target operations and maintenance and cut unnecessary asset downtime.

“With our turbines performing at their best, we will be in a position to supply Kenya with consistent, low-priced, green energy. We are pioneering wind energy generation at scale in Africa, and look forward to working with Clir to fully optimize performance and show the rest of the continent, and indeed the world, what green energy possibilities there are here. Our hope is that LTWP will encourage many more wind energy farms in our continent as we work towards protecting our environment.”

About Clir Renewables

Clir Renewables is a renewable energy Software as a Service (SaaS) provider whose industry-leading, cloud-based tools enable project stakeholders to maximize production, monitor asset health and manage technical financial risk.

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