When America approves another 300 megawatt wind farm it's a big deal. But, let's be honest, that's one third of a coal-fired power plant. It's much more interesting when the developing world starts getting in on the game.
Not just because it will bring power to people who need it. Not just because it's a decent amount of green power. But because it's possible that African countries will be able to grow as clean-energy nations. Just like China and India have grown as cell-phone nations, it might just be possible that Africa will leap-frog fossil fuels.
The new wind farm will be financed mostly by the government of Kenya, to help meet the growing electricity demand of about 8% per year. The African Development Bank will also pay for about 30% of it.
It should be interesting to see how a power system with such a larger percentage of it's energy coming from wind will handle it. Since there is nowhere where wind blows 100% of the time, the grid will have to be able to handle that instability. In developing parts of the world, however, grid instability is generally just a part of life.
One more reason why Africa might end up being the greenest continent.
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