COP19 (15/11/13) – Carlos Van Wageningen talks about Lake Turkana, the largest wind power plant in Africa.
Having started the project in 2005, he announces that they have completed the development stage. The plant hopes to provide power to 1.2 to 1.3 million households in the region. He speaks of the economical viability of this project and the significantly lower cost in Kenya to do this than in Europe.
When asked about the challenges that come with doing a project like this, he signaled that the eight years it has taken to finish the development stage alone has been a challenge.
However he believes that renewable energy is the future for Africa as there is no better place to carry out these projects. The vast areas of underpopulated land provide good areas to develop projects like this and other renewable energy installations.