Google are going to be doing some extra clean energy investing in Africa, specifically in Kenya, by purchasing a stake in the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, the largest wind farm in Africa.
The search (and everything else) company will be achieving this by purchasing the stake owned by a company called Vestas. Vestas is the outfit supplying wind turbines for the initiative, like the one above. Upon completion of the project Google will be snapping up Vestas’ 12.5% share, which would make the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project the second clean energy project in Africa that Google has invested in.
When it’s complete the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project should supply about 310MW of electricity to Kenya, about 15% of the country’s current generation capacity. There’s no timeline on when the project will be complete but we’d like to suggest that Google sink some cash into some renewable energy near South Africa when they’re done. Pretty please? We won’t tell Eskom.
Source: Google Green Blog