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Wind Park in Kenya, Clean electricity, but not for all

In the North-West of Kenya, the largest wind farm in the South of the Sahara. Thus, the country wants to cover in the future, about a fifth of its electricity needs. On site, nothing comes of it but first.

the future is Here, next to the past: a wind farm with 365 turbines in the sparsely-populated desert to Ethiopia, a semi-desert in the far North, close to the border. Just the wind Park to the Turkanasee has gone to the grid.

be More than 20 percent of the electricity supply in Kenya here. However, since the power is in the East African country of law, in essence, can go for individual installations only step-by-step in operation. And each of the turbines has only a low power of 850 kW - nevertheless, the wind Park is the largest South of the Sahara.

The fisherman on the Turkanasee had hoped for from the wind farm connection to the power grid.

population does not benefit from the wind plant

Of the 47 million Kenyans all have a long time ago about electricity. Paradoxically, the in spite of the new wind farms for the fishermen from the Turkanasee. They had hoped to see more of the Park. Now you are mad.

"We want the electricity - after all, that is our right", says the fisherman Taran Lepolote Kanyo. The fish they catch with their small boats, you can't cool without electricity and do not store. So you have little Chance of economic development.

operator refers to statutory schemes

Rigid structures hinder the fishermen will be connected to the electricity grid. "According to the laws and regulations in Kenya on the supply of energy, our company can not give itself energy to the rural communities," explains the Director of the "Lake Turkana Wind Power," Rizwan Fazal. "We are only allowed to sell to the Central 'Kenya Power' - only you are licensed for and may decrease the current."

So it will take still years, until in this area, only a gas pump at the gas station works - because without electricity we can't even do.

In the Region of motor cars with canisters filled - because, for dispensers of the power is missing.

lines in the Wilderness

One of the biggest problems of the project of the network connection. The lines had to be intricately placed in the Wilderness. Nevertheless, the risk that the relatively small power grid of the country could be overwhelmed with the amount of energy.

In the coming years, by 2030, Kenya wants to expand its share of the wind energy to about 2000 megawatts. The planned share of renewable energies by 60 percent in the electricity mix by 2020. Until then, you can keep up with, hopefully, the power. So far, the country had set above all on hydroelectric power. Due to climate change water resources are dwindling, however.

For the fishermen, there is little prospect of improvement

The fisherman Lekaroi Lekula wish for a better future and hopes that he finally gets power. The promises of the government, that with better infrastructure in a few years, the electricity in your Region, reach out to him.

"I don't feel bad that we benefit from the wind Park," said Lekula. "It is, as they would kill all our hopes. Next to us the current, but we are simply not connected."

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