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    Friday, November 01, 2013

    AFRICA’S BIGGEST WIND GOES ONLINE

    Africa’s Biggest Winds Farm Opens in Ethiopia; The $290m Ashegoda Wind Farm is expected to generate 120MW of electricity, easing Ethiopia's dependence on hydropower.

    27 October 2013 (Al Jazeera)

    "…Africa's second most populous country - plagued by frequent blackouts - plans to boost generating capacity from 2,000 MW to 10,000 MW within the next three to five years…[with wind and] the 6,000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam under construction on the Nile…[The] US $290m Ashegoda Wind Farm was built by French firm Vergnet SA with concessional loans from BNP Paribas and the French Development Agency (AFD). The Ethiopian government covered 9 percent of the cost…Experts put Ethiopia's hydropower potential at around 45,000 MW and geothermal at 5,000 MW, while its wind power potential is believed to be Africa's third-largest behind Egypt and Morocco…” click here for more

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