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'Green' Google in Talks to Back Massive African Wind Project

The company is in discussions to back the largest wind power project in Africa.

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Google gets lots of attention for expanding into novel technologies like driverless cars and artificial intelligence. But the technology giant also has put big bucks—more than $2 billion to date—into the next generation of energy production.

Now, the company is in discussions to back the largest wind power project in Africa, a fast-growing but power-starved continent, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Lake Turkana Power Project, a more than $700 million, 40,000 acre undertaking in Kenya. It’s the largest private investment in the history of the East African country—where less than a quarter of the population has access to power—and the project’s 310 megawatt capacity is expected to boost Kenya’s installed energy capacity by 20 percent.

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.