Ethiopia’s Government aims to set up wind power projects that can create 1,500 Megawatts during the second Growth and Transformation Plan Period (GTP II). The government intends to work on the projects by its own capacity.
It is said that Ethiopia’s wind energy potential is 1.3 million Megawatt. The government is aimed at efficiently exploiting this potential, Azeb Asnake (Engineer), CEO of Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), explained.
In the aim of attaining the target set, Ashegoda and Aisha wind power projects who are both equipped with installed capacity of 120 Megawatt, will commence service in 2 years time. In addition to this Aisha will have another 300 Megawatt installed.
The government also intends to set up a new wind power projects at Debre Birhan and Iteya.
According to Azeb, the private sector is also expected to set up 3,600 Megawatts of power projects during GTP II.
By the conclusion of the GTP II, the Horn of Africa nation aims to generate more than 5,000 Megawatts from wind energy, Azeb furthered.