LEDS Global Partnership and USAID: The case of Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project (LTWP), currently under construction, will add 310 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity to Kenya’s national grid through the installation of 365 turbines, construction of 436 km of transmission lines, and rehabilitation of more than 200 km of existing roads. In addition to the investment opportunity LTWP provides for its stakeholders, the project represents a strategic opportunity to help Kenya meet its socioeconomic development and sustainability goals. The wind farm is being built in the Loiyangalani District of Marsabit West County in Kenya, covering an area of 162 km2. The site was selected for the strength of its wind resources along with its remoteness, unobstructed environmental landscape, road accessibility, security of the area, and low population density—with the project area inhabited by roughly 1,000 nomadic pastoralists.

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