Africa’s Wind Power Capacity to Soar by 900% in Next Few Years

Wind power capacity is on the rise in Africa, with the continent expected to see a 900% increase in capacity over the next few years. This is according to a new report published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The report found that Africa currently has an installed wind power capacity of 9 GW, thanks to 86 projects. However, this capacity is set to jump to 86 GW over the next few years, with 140 wind power projects currently under development.

Africa has the potential to generate over 33,500 GW of wind power. Wind power currently accounts for about 2% of Africa’s electricity generation. The GWEC report estimates that wind power could account for 11% of Africa’s electricity generation by 2030. The wind power industry in Africa is expected to create over 100,000 jobs by 2030.

One of the main growth areas for wind power in Africa is North Africa, particularly Egypt, where most of the projects are concentrated in the Gulf of Suez. Another growth area is southern Africa, with most of the wind farms built in this sub-region located in South Africa.

Central Africa remains the continent’s worst performer in terms of wind power development, despite its estimated potential of over 2,500 GW. Currently, only 0.2% of Africa’s technical potential for wind power is exploited.

The growth of wind power in Africa is being driven by a number of factors, including the need to diversify energy mixes, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. Wind power is also a competitive source of energy, with the cost of wind power generation having fallen significantly in recent years.

The development of the hydrogen industry in Africa is also expected to boost wind power capacity. In several countries, investors are negotiating concessions for the large-scale production of hydrogen to power electrolysers. A case in point is the Emirati energy company Masdar, which intends to invest $10 billion in the construction of a 10 GW wind power complex. Among the African countries that will be converting wind power into hydrogen by 2030 are South Africa, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Namibia.

The growth of wind power in Africa is a positive development for the continent’s energy sector and its environment. Wind power is a clean, renewable source of energy that can help to reduce Africa’s reliance on fossil fuels and contribute to its sustainable development goals.

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