26 Oct '13, 3pm

Africa's biggest wind farm opens - news in brief - The Ecologist

The 120MW wind farm will produce 400,000 MWh of electricity per year. Africa's biggest wind farm, at Ashegoda in Tigray, Ethiopia, is being inaugurated today after a three year construction period. This marks the completion of the last of three construction phases. The 120 MW wind farm has already injected 90 MWh of electricity into Ethiopia's power grid since commissioning began earlier this year, and is expected to produce a total of 400,000 MWh per year hereafter. According to the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), Ashegoda is the second windiest place in Ethiopia with an average annual wind speed of 8.5 m/s 40m above ground level. A recent SWERA (Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment) study identified 20,000 square kilometres of Ethiopia as suitable for grid-based wind power generation, with a total capacity of 100 GW. The assessment also identified 11 s...

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