Exploring wind power as the solution to Africa's energy shortages

Source: IQPC Middle East

In a recent survey conducted by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC), 64.28 percent of the 2,754 energy sector respondents have chosen wind power as the principle solution to meet Africa's growing energy demand. 

Economic growth in the region has been mirrored by an increased requirement for electricity - and the result? The continent has seen a rapid increase in renewable energy projects to supply energy needs. 

Africa not only faces electricity shortages but also consistent and lengthy power cuts. Earlier this year the Egyptian Electricity Ministry had to ration out national power by inducing power outages as a direct result of higher electricity consumption. For a country without oil reserves, renewable energy becomes an even bigger necessity. 

The Moroccan government has ambitious plans to have installed 2000MW of wind energy by 2020. Morocco's King Mohammed VI inaugurated a 250 million euro (US$347 million) wind farm near Tangiers, which is currently the biggest in Africa. 

However, Kenya is also competing to open Africa's biggest wind farm and is back in the running following a government guarantee for financing the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which plans to produce 300MW in Marsabit. 

The Global Wind Energy Council has predicted global installed wind capacity to reach 200GW by the end of 2010. Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the GWEC, says: "As wind power is becoming more competitive, it is rapidly expanding beyond the traditional markets in North America and Europe. In fact, around half of the growth is now happening in emerging economies and developing countries." 

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