Gallery: Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

 

When faced with the need to develop additional sources of energy, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation recently decided that its best option was not to build conventional power plants. Instead, the electricity provider opted to fulfill its energy needs by building Africa’s largest wind farm! The 120 megawatt Ashegoba plant in north Ethiopea will provide for 15 percent of the nation’s present energy capacity.

Up until now Ethiopia has relied upon hydroelectric dams as an important energy source, although recently this strategy has been crippled by severe droughts that strain the country’s energy grid to the point of collapse. EEPC chairman Meheret Debebe has stated that the new wind power project “will help us to fill the gap of hydrological risks we are facing in Ethiopia with the droughts”.

The cost for the project will be 220 million euros, and it is expected to hit a peak production of over 120 megawatts when it is finished in about two and a half years. Africa’s investment in the green revolution will ensure that the continent stands well poised to tackle future challenges, and this is a great first step.

+ Vergnet

+ Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation

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15 Comments

  1. Sahele Tesfaye July 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I am sure half of the wind energy potential ,5000MW, can be constructed not more than 20 years.

  2. Patsy June 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Hey, that’s the greaestt! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

  3. Bison June 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

    IMHO you’ve got the right asnewr!

  4. Gemechu April 18, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Windpower initiative – Yes a plus with the previously established Electric Car plant in Addis, which is affordable to Ethiopians. It is wondeful Ethiopa to lead the way in the renewable energy sector. We hope to see other miracles coming out from this land.

  5. neba October 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I am really happy that my country have reached this technology in which i am interested to do my further education on energy

  6. Dawit Kebede September 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

    this is absolutely fascinating! And it is this news what makes me interested to do my masters thesis on the techniques of how wind energy projects are developed including the clean development mechanism(CDM), so that i can be one of one of the hardest working team in the coming wind energy projects in Ethiopia.
    proud to be Ethiopian!!

  7. Bayisa.T August 12, 2010 at 8:45 am

    too much true Menelik……the narrow-minded guys like steve N.lees always talk about negative side of an object….

  8. Minelik February 25, 2010 at 8:04 am

    it is fantastic news for sure. though the narrow minded Steve N. Lees still try to ruine it with their again and again undermining us stating famine. yes of course we suffer the problem but Ethiopia is not all about that only!! why didn’t you mention our presigeous history, victory and amazing contribution to world peace specially for africa sometimes.
    No matter what you say…we keep moving forward…and God was is and will protect Ethiopia as he promissed.

  9. berhanu February 25, 2010 at 2:06 am

    ya !! i completley agree with wat steven N.ee said,it is a great job and a great lesson for others!!
    in fact z country is now one of z top five countries in the world showing fastest economic growth,
    i guess that is why there is a power shortage in z country!!
    any how cheers ETHIOPIA!!
    I wanna see z country as one of z developed nations!!
    keep it up!!!!

  10. atakahsay October 9, 2009 at 4:31 am

    I like it!
    It is very important project. The country needs power badly at this moment.

  11. Hilly July 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

    It is great news from ethiopia and big lesson indeed to others. This would partly help in keeping our environment safe.
    Cheers Etiopia!!

  12. Hilly July 9, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I agree with what Steven N.Lee says. this shows how the developing countries like ethiopia are working to keep our environment safe. cheers Ethiopia.

  13. miller November 30, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    wow! that is a big step forward for Ethiopia though ethiopia has largest access to hydro power energy which is the cheapest one.
    indeed a big lesson to the developed country.

  14. Satish November 5, 2008 at 2:05 am

    i want need a job in wind energy.

  15. Steve N. Lee October 16, 2008 at 2:59 am

    This is wonderful news. And really puts us Westerners to shame. When developing/Third World nations can embrace green technology so wholeheartedly we really should hang our heads in shame. When greed and selfishness stop us adopting green lifestyles, destroying the world, while poor nations struggle to address global issues like this, it really does make you question which is the truly ‘developed’ nation and which still living in the dark ages.

    Its wonderful to see that a country like Ethiopia, a country only really ever seen in the media for people dying of starvation, is so forward-thinking that wind farms are such a priority. And the biggest in Africa, too. That’s quite a coup. 15% is an incredible statistic too. Sadly, I imagine that’s because so much of the coutry is still so poor that the energy demands are extremely low. In humanitarian terms, that’s awful; in environmental terms, it’s quite hopeful – Ethiopia is setting out in the right so let’s hope its future energy demands will be addressed in a similar manner.

    If only this could be a kick in the pants to us ‘developed’ nations and make us put our houses in order.

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog http://www.lionsledbysheep.com
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’ http://www.steve-n-lee.com

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