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Wind Industry Creates Africa Task Force to Help Spur Development

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The Global Wind Industry Council (GWEC) has set up a new task force to speed up and facilitate the development of wind energy in Africa. The task force brings together developers, manufacturers and associations active in the African market, including Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Vestas, the South Africa Wind Energy Association, Africa Europe Energy Partnership, RES4Africa, Mainstream Renewable Power, Acciona Energia, GE Renewable Energy, NRG Systems, DNV-GL, Nordex, Goldwind, Aurora Wind Power.
Wind Industry Creates Africa Task Force to Help Spur Development
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It will be chaired by Jon Lezamiz, African Market Development Director at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the leading wind turbine manufacturer in the continent with over 50 percent of the installed capacity in the market.

The African wind market is set to add 6 GW of additional wind capacity between 2019 and 2023, more than doubling current total capacity of 5.3 GW, according to GWEC Market Intelligence’s Market Outlook Q1 2019.  According to analyst Wood Mackenzie, Africa is set to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 24 percent between 2019-2018, adding 33GW of new capacity.

Lezamiz said, “We at GWEC have not only an opportunity but the duty to share our global experience with Africa, to unlock the full potential of wind power – such as lowest LCOE energy source- and harness its development to enable economic growth and permit access-to-energy targets to be met in the Continent.”

GWEC CEO Ben Backwell added, “Africa has a unique opportunity to leap-frog obsolete fossil fuel generation and create the power generation it needs from wind power and other renewables technologies. If we can help create the right regulatory frameworks and knowledge transfer, Africa’s growing economies will soon be powered by cheap, efficient wind power.”

The new task force was established during the WindEurope Conference, held in Bilbao, Spain, in April to bring together leading developers, investors and manufacturers, alongside technical experts and intergovernmental organizations.

The Task Force intends to:

  • Advise governments on regulatory frameworks and auction systems;
  • Develop and grandfather holistic approach initiatives for accelerating private investment in wind power sector in Africa;
  • Foster regional power pool dialogues to maximize development of wind power potential;
  • Measure and highlight the economic and social benefits of wind power and the development of local value chains;
  • Spread best practices and transfer knowledge from global established markets;
  • Create appropriate forums to promote the growth of wind power in the continent, from seminars and technical workshops to conferences and exhibitions.
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