Company wins contract for Bubisa wind power project in northern Kenya


C.The construction of a 300 MW Bubisa wind power project in Marsabit is now continuing thanks to a court ruling, announced the company Gitson Energy, which is behind the project.

CEO James Gitau said the 300 MW project, which the government sees as its clean and renewable energy goal and symbol of its 2030 vision, is now continuing.

The project will be located in Bubisa, a location that, according to Gitau, has the best wind regime in Kenya and is one of the “very best in the world”.

The Mombasa High Court on Wednesday ordered the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission to add the wind power project to the government’s approved list.

The project got a cross wind at the beginning when the World Bank pulled out in 2012, saying the power purchase agreement would make electricity too expensive for Kenyans in the long run.

The World Bank said the take-or-pay provisions in the power purchase agreement between the Kenya Power and Lighting Company and Lake Turkana Wind Power are financially risky for Kenya Power.

The lawsuit by the local communities followed two years later because the community did not participate in the land allocation.

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