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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has teamed up with EnergyNet, organizers of the Africa Energy Forum, to create a platform for Africa’s wind energy industry to advocate for the technology as part of Africa’s energy mix. The partnership offers GWEC’s Africa WindPower initiative, which is supported by GET.invest, the official ‘Lead Wind Energy Partner’ for the event.
The partnership recognizes wind energy’s role in spurring Africa’s sustainable economic growth, from investment to job creation and local supply chain opportunities. Africa has a tremendous proven wind resource; however, only 1% of the world’s wind farms are located in the continent. Despite this, many countries across the continent are poised for an upsurge of wind energy installations in the coming years, from established markets such as Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, and South Africa, to the nascent wind markets of Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Ghana.
GWEC’s Africa WindPower Director, Wangari Muchiri, stated that wind energy has so much to offer Africa as a driver of sustainable economic growth. From providing clean and reliable electricity to making business, industry, and entire economies more competitive while decarbonizing energy systems, wind energy is already making a positive difference across the continent.
The Africa Energy Forum brings all segments of the continent’s energy sector under one roof, including the key drivers and partners for wind energy. This covers complementary forms of clean energy such as solar and hydropower, enabling technologies such as battery storage and green hydrogen, private industrial offtakers, and an oil and gas industry increasingly ready to invest in wind. The partnership between GWEC and EnergyNet aims to engage public and private sector stakeholders at the Africa Energy Forum in Nairobi to discuss the opportunities that wind energy can bring to Africa.