The 5.1 MW KenGen Ngong Wind Power Station
The Wind Farm, located at Ngong Hills has a total output of 5.1 MW consisting on 6 installed turbines each at 850 kW
The 6 Turbines, each with a maximum output of 850kW produce a total of 5.1 MW of clean energy into the grid. For the Vestas V52 Model turbines, KenGen executed a contract for the implementation of Ngong Hills Wind Power project with TPF-Econoler SA (TPFE) of Belgium on 29th October 2007.
The KenGen Ngong Power Station wind farm began with two wind turbines commissioned in 1993 as a donation from the Belgian Government. Hover the two turbines have since been retired. The second phase of the Ngong wind farm was commissioned inAugust 2009 and has a capacity of 5.1 MW of power. The grid-connected facility is on the northern part of the Ngong Hills, near Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Work on the wind farm, which consists of six (6) Vestas V52-850kW Wind Turbines, began in May 2008.
Currently the 6 Turbines are in full operation with periodic maintenance going on when there is need be. The current wind conditions are very strong. Expansion of this project is underway with KenGen planning additional units due to the favorable wind conditions.
Wind power and other renewable energy sources such as solar have been on the rise and market demand has shown that due to the high cost of electricity, many businesses will continue to grow in this industry. The high cost of electricity has slowed economic growth and many have turned to cheaper sources like solar and wind.