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Google to buy part of largest wind park in Africa

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Upon completion of the project in 2017, Google will acquire Vestas' 12.5 percent stake in Africa’s largest wind park.

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The park will supply around 15 percent of Kenya’s electricity needs based on current generation capacity The share purchase agreement was announced in Washington, DC, in connection with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum.

That builds on a long-standing relationship between Google and Vestas, which also includes the 270 MW Alta Wind Energy Centre in southern California and the powering of a Google data centre in Finland.

The Lake Turkana wind park is expected to be one of the most efficient wind parks in the world, and have an annual power production of more than 1,400 GWh, which will provide around 15 percent of Kenya’s electricity needs based on current generation capacity.

The wind park is owned by Lake Turkana Wind Power and is key to Kenya’s development goals and a prime example of wind energy’s ability to create sustainable development across the globe.

Google’s investment in the Lake Turkana wind project will be its 22nd renewable energy project investment overall and second in Africa. Vestas will retain its equity stake in the project until its completion in 2017, upon which Google will formally join the Lake Turkana Wind Power investor group.

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