Google invests in African windfarm

By Agri-Pulse staff

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 21, 2015 - Google plans to make a major investment in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Northern Kenya, bringing 310 megawatts of clean energy onto Kenya's grid-enough to power more than two million households across the country.

“Lake Turkana will help bring much needed capacity and stability to Kenya's energy supply, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and emergency diesel generation while providing some of the most cost effective power in the country,” Google pointed out in an announcement Tuesday.

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Other investors include the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government's development finance institution, and Vestas, which is also supplying the turbines for the wind farm.

It will be the California company's second clean energy investment in Africa. In 2013 the internet giant invested $12 million into the continent's largest solar PV plant, located in South Africa.

“As an investor in both the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind farm projects in Africa, we are as optimistic as ever about the potential for these investments to accelerate progress toward a future of clean energy,” the firm noted in a blog post. “These efforts not only make business sense, they can help accelerate the deployment of renewable energy globally- including in emerging markets like Kenya, where there is an opportunity to have a transformative impact on the energy grid.”

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