Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Begins Production in Ethiopia
Last Saturday, Africa’s largest wind farm began production in Ethiopia, adding 120 MW in capacity to the country’s burgeoning renewable energy plans. Ethiopia’s ambitious and comprehensive goals include reaching 800 MW in wind capacity and 10,000 MW in total energy capacity in the next three to five years.
“Ethiopia might have one of the most impressive investment plans in renewable energy in Africa," said Roman Coutrot, site manager for the French firm Vergnet, which built the project. “It's not only talking, they are acting and signing contracts.”
As Ethiopia’s population increases in C40 City Addis Ababa and across the country, securing sources of power beyond the country’s ample hydropower is essential. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said of the program:
"Various studies have proved that there is potential to harness abundant wind energy resources in every region of Ethiopia. We cannot maintain growth without utilizing the energy sector.”
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