MoU signed for Africa’s first hybrid renewable energy plant

Developers Windlab and Eurus Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kenyan authorities for a project that could become Africa’s first hybrid renewable energy plant.

The Meru County Energy Park in central Kenya will comprise of ‘up to 20 wind turbines’ and ‘more than 40,000 solar panels’ with a combined capacity of up to 80MW, along with battery storage.

Global renewables developer Windlab and Japan-based Eurus signed the MoU with the Kenya Investment Authority and the Meru County Government at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Japan.

The partners are planning to start construction of the project in 2021. Once completed, the Meru project will become Kenya’s second wind farm after the Lake Turkana Wind Power project was officially opened in July.

Meru County Government will own a part of the project once it is operational through its Meru County Investment and Development Corporation.

Meru County Investment and Development Corporative chairman Felicity Biriri praised Windlab’s community-driven approach after CEO Roger Price visited the proposed plant site last month.

“Over the recent past, setting up renewable energy projects across Kenya has been difficult as most projects tend to ignore the community in which they implement the said projects,” she said.