The prospects for wind power

Nicholas Newman November 2015 African Review

group of engineers on wind power station
group of engineers on wind power station

Why the wind power industry in Africa is expected to experience a huge boost in installed capacity over the next few years. While wind power on the continent currently makes up only one per cent of total electricity, or 1 GW, there is an additional 10.5 GW in the pipeline, the study ‘Development of Wind Energy in Africa’ shows.

Africa is faced with the challenge of generating more power to meet existing and future demand as more than 500mn people on the continent lack access to electricity, the study says, adding at least eight African nations are among the developing world’s most endowed in terms of wind energy potential.

Noting that wind power is one of the world’s fastest-growing energy resources, the study said Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt, Madagascar, Kenya and Chad have large onshore wind energy potential. Two interesting schemes came on line recently a 52 MW project recently in Ethiopia and the €633mn (US$723.4mn), 300 MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya. This feature will look at the issues, trends, challenges and stakeholders behind Africa’s wind power market. The prospects for wind power in Africa are looking pretty good. http://issuu.com/alaincharles/docs/atr_nov_2015/44?e=4518041/30414309

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