Scale: 310 MW
Funding: 630 million euro, private funding, Dutch government, EU
Turbines: 365 Vestas 850 kW
About the project: predictable strong winds from the Indian Ocean. A lot of social resistance needed to be overcome, tribal quarrels. The Kenyan government not living up to its promise to connect the wind farm to the national grid. Dolleman is an Africa lover, you have to be. He lives there for 40 years now. The plan to build a wind farm is old, but in 2005 it gets contours. With two friends from Holland Harry Wassenaar and Carlo van Wageningen, Wim Dolleman gets enthusiastic support. 300 MW, that would be 20% of the total Kenyan electricity generation. A test period is completed with the conclusion that wind conditions are superb. Most money required is collected from 88 befriended Dutch entrepreneurs, many of whom are in the wind energy business. The World Bank withdraws, and is replaced by the African Development Bank. That was the turning point. The nomads understand that their soil hasn’t been taken away and that their cattle can graze between the turbines.
[wikipedia.org] – Lake Turkana Wind Power Station
[volkskrant.nl] – Hoe het grootste windpark van Afrika er ondanks alles kwam
[volkskrant.nl] – Wind brengt welvaart, maar niet zonder slag of stoot
Dutch entrepreneur Wim Dolleman (“Wim Madman”) took the initiative for the wind project.