The Global Wind Energy Council’s Africa WindPower initiative is delighted to launch the inaugural Status of Wind in Africa report, which provides a stocktake of the wind industry in Africa and delivers a forecast of the continent’s wind energy pipeline.
The report identifies 83 installed wind farms across Africa, providing 9 GW of clean power. An analysis of the continent's project pipeline finds that capacity could increase by more than 900%, with 140 projects planned across Africa, representing another 86 GW of installed capacity on the horizon. The Status of Wind in Africa report sets out that Africa is already on the move when it comes to renewable energy development. In Kenya, for example, 17% of total generation comes from wind energy, while Senegal enjoys 15% of its energy from wind. The foundation is there for a rapid scale-up in wind energy capacity, as the current forecast capacity still only taps into 0.2% of the continent's total technical potential capacity, which stands at 33, 642 GW.