Africa WindPower launched to address wind industry issues

By Editor


The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched Africa WindPower (AWP) to address a clear need for a regional body representing the wind industry.

AWP offers a platform for dialogue between Africa’s wind industry and government stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of scaling up and accelerating wind project development and deployment across the entire African continent.

Despite an early start for wind energy in Africa, wind energy deployment has often been held back as fossil fuel generation sources such as natural gas continue to make inroads in some markets, and coal, heavy fuel oil, and diesel remain a large part of the energy mix.

GWEC Africa WindPower Launch Event


Wangari Muchiri, GWEC Africa WindPower Coordinator

Jerome Niessen, GWEC Africa WindPower Senior Adviser

Ben Backwell, GWEC CEO

Michael Franz, Team Leader, GET.invest

Paolo Frankl, Head of Renewable Energy Division, IEA

Dolf Gielen, Director Innovation & Technology, IRENA

Linda  Munyengeterwa, Regional Industry Director, Infrastructure, Middle East & Africa, IFC World Bank Group

Dr. Eng. Joseph K. Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Kenya

Jean-Pierre Sanchez, Africa Business Development Manager, Siemens Gamesa

Louise Paulsen, Managing Director, Vestas South Africa

Chris Antonopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, Lekela Power

Dr. Kenneth ‘ Doc’ Namunje, Developer of Kenya’s Kipeto Wind Farm

George Aluru, Chairman of Electricity Sector Association of Kenya

Mercia Grimbeek, Chair of South Africa Wind Energy Association

Lucy Heintz, Partner, Energy Actis/Board Chair, Lekela

Chibeze Ezekiel, Executive Coordinator of the Strategic Youth Network for Development

Africa has 59,000 GW of technical onshore and offshore wind potential, enough to meet the continent’s energy demand 250 times over, according to a recent report commissioned by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Building out wind farms that utilize Africa’s vast wind resource will drive investment, create clean energy jobs and critical infrastructure, and help support thriving local economies in line with the region’s Sustainable Development Goals.

GWEC’s latest data shows that Africa is only tapping into 0.01 percent of its wind resource, with over 7 GW of installed capacity as of the end of 2020, led by South Africa. Current installed wind energy capacity in Africa helps to avoid 10.7 million tons of CO2 emissions annually – equivalent to taking 2.3 million passenger cars off the road.

Africa WindPower is supported by GET.invest, a European program which aims to mobilise investment in renewable energy, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Austria.

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