Google: more wind power in Africa

Google is reported to be involved in negotiations about investing in the largest wind power project in Africa. The investment will require more than € 617 million.

According to reports on CNBC, Google wants to back Kenya’s 40,000 acres Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. This project is to raise Kenya’s energy capacity by 20 per cent. It is not the first African investment project Google would be involved in. In 2013 Google invested €10 million into a South African solar project, one of the largest on the continent.

Google’s investment could also help secure a € 220 million investment based on President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative. To receive the government investment, the Turkana project would require “meaningful involvement of the U.S. private sector”. Google’s investment would suffice to qualify.

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