Our Vision

The African continent has abundant renewable energy sources and has some of the fastest growing economies. Wind energy has the potential to play an important role in powering Africa’s growth. This includes to create jobs and to build up an industrial sector in Africa. Markets such as South Africa, Ethiopia and Kenya are increasing the share of wind energy. More markets on the African continent are making good progress towards more wind energy in their power mix, as wind energy offers a sustainable and cost-competitive solutions to support the economic growth.

GWEC’s Africa Task Force seeks to build regional cooperation with special focus on the Sub-Saharan African markets. This includes cooperation among governments and market participants. The Africa Task Force will communicate about growth potential and growth outlook towards media stakeholders. 

Current Projects

  • Providing input towards other institutional stakeholders on potential for wind in African markets.
  • The Africa Handbook: A lobbying tool to ensure fact-based and insightful engagement with governmental stakeholders. The handbook is based on input from the task force members and thus represents the industry's experience and knowledge.
  • Continuous events, webcasts and seminars to promote African wind markets, inform the sector and share best practice

Latest Updates

Winds of change are blowing in Africa

The African continent is set for growth, the population is expected to grow by 1.4% each year until 2030. GDP is expected to grow by 4%. This development is demanding huge investments in infrastructure including the energy markets to keep up with the growth, access to electricity being one of the main challenges African citizens consider to encompass and unlock their growth path. African governments have acknowledged that growth can only be supported through sustainable solutions, which means an obvious opportunity for wind energy. Offering a cost-competitive solution, wind energy has the potential to drive not only the electrification level in Africa (currently only 43% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity according to the World Energy Outlook 2018 from IEA), but to also support the economic growth and development of African markets. 

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New Africa Wind Energy Handbook to pave the way for wind energy growth in African Markets

Today, the Global Wind Energy Council has released the first segment of its Africa Handbook, a comprehensive guide that sets out for policy makers and stakeholders the opportunities and practical implementation steps necessary to create thriving wind energy sectors in African markets. This release comes on the occasion of Windaba 2019, the largest event of its kind for the wind industry on the African continent.

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Contact

Karin Ohlenforst

Director of Marketing Intelligence
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Jon Lezamiz

Chair of Africa Task force 
African Market Development Director, Siemens Gamesa
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