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Firm gets nod for Bubisa wind power project in Northern Kenya

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Construction of a 300MW  Bubisa wind power project in Marsabit will now proceed thanks to a court ruling, Gitson Energy, the firm behind the project has announced.

CEO James Gitau said that the 300-MW project which the government regards as its ambition for clean and renewable energy and a symbol of its Vision 2030, will now continue.

The project will be located in Bubisa, a site that Mr Gitau says has the best wind regime in Kenya and among the “very best in the World.”

The High Court sitting in  Mombasa gave an order on Wednesday to the Ministry of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission to include the wind power project in the approved list of governments.

The project ran into crosswinds at inception when the World Bank pulled out in 2012 as they said the power purchase agreement would make power 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 would be financially risky for Kenya Power.

The lawsuit by the local communities followed two years later over the lack of community participation in the land allocation process.

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