After three years of construction, Africa’s largest wind farm is now producing electricity for Ethiopia. As the second most populous nation in the continent, the east African nation has been investigating new sources of energy that will increase the supply of electricity to the grid and reduce the country’s dependence on hydroelectric dams.
Though experts say Ethiopia’s can invest further on hydroelectric power, a new dam set up on the Nile is proving hugely controversial. Moreover, hydroelectric energy can be temperamental as floods that fill the dam are seasonal.
The new wind farm could boost generating capacity from 2,000 MW to 10,000 MW within the next three to five years.
A report from Al Jazeera states that last week Ethiopia also signed a preliminary agreement with a US-Icelandic firm for a $4 billion private sector investment intended to tap its vast geothermal power resources and produce 1,000 MW from steam.
According to the site manager of Vergnet, the French building firm that undertook the project, "Ethiopia might have one of the most impressive investment plans in renewable energy in Africa”.