Siemens Gamesa has signed its first wind power project in Ethiopia with state-owned electricity company Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), as the country begins to expand its green energy capacity to meet ambitious renewable targets.

The 100 MW Assela wind farm will be located between the towns of Adama and Assela, some 150 km south of the capital, Addis Ababa, and will contribute clean and affordable power for the country’s electricity grid.

Wind power in Ethiopia

Siemens Gamesa will provide full engineering, procurement, and turnkey construction for the 100 MW Assela wind farm project in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia aims to supply 100% of its domestic energy demand through renewable energy by 2030. According to the African Development Bank, the country has abundant resources, particularly wind with a potential 10 GW of installation capacity and 324 MW installed at present.  

Roberto Sabalza, CEO for Onshore Southern Europe and Africa at Siemens Gamesa said, “We aim to expand our leadership across Africa, and in turn help a growing transition to green energy across the continent. We are pleased to begin work in Ethiopia and look forward to collaborating with EEP and the country to continue to promote their drive to install more renewables and meet transformational energy targets.”

According to a Wood Mackenzie forecast, around 2 GW of wind power will be installed in Ethiopia by 2029.

The Assela wind farm will be made up of 29 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines and is set to be commissioned by the start of 2023. The project will generate about 300 000 MWh per year. Siemens Gamesa will provide full engineering, procurement, and turnkey construction.

The project will be financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs via Danida Business Finance (DBF) adding to a loan agreement signed between the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) and Danske Bank A/S.

Ethiopia has many renewable resources including wind, solar, geothermal and biomass, and the country aspires to be a power hub and the battery for the Horn of Africa. The country’s National Electrification Programme, launched in 2017, outlines a plan to reach universal access by 2025 with the help of off-grid solutions for 35% of the population.

Siemens Gamesa is among the global leaders in the wind power industry, with a strong presence in all facets of the renewable energy business: offshore, onshore, and services. With more than 107 GW installed worldwide, Siemens Gamesa is well experienced to work with Ethiopia at this time in the East African nation’s accelerating energy journey.

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