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A report from the African Development Bank (AfDB) said that wind power is expected to increase by a factor of 10 over the next few years.
The study showed wind power in the region currently makes up just 1 percent of the energy mix, at just 1 GW, but with 10.5 GW of wind power projects in the pipeline, that number will skyrocket.
According to the report, countries with significant wind power potential include Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt, Madagascar, Kenya and Chad.
There are 76 wind power projects examined in the report, which also breaks down the projects by technology manufacturers. Gamesa is at the top of the list with an installed capacity of 630 MW for projects in Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia and the manufacturerâ€™s turbines are slated for use in 590 MW of pipeline projects. Vestasâ€™ turbines are used in projects in Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Cape Verde, and Algeria totaling about 163 MW of installed capacity.
Nordex is the third most used wind technology provider with 100 MW of installed capacity in Morocco. Also in Morocco, Alstom is at work on the 100-MW Akhfrennir wind power project with Nareva.
News date: 05/07/2013