Wind energy playing key role in Africa's energy supply but transformational potential still untapped, finds GWEC report
First GWEC Status of Wind in Africa Report sets out success stories, examines region's pipeline and explores potential across the continent
05 October, Cape Town | 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 Status Report provides the foundation for policy discussions and project development to build on and drive the region’s wind development forward through the rest of this decade.
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 set out, ahead of the global stocktake at COP28, 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 on wind energy capacity, as the current forecast capacity still only taps into 0.2% of the continents’ total technical potential capacity, which stands at 33, 642 GW.
The report details the benefits of wind energy development on the continent, with case studies that explore job creation, grid stabilisation and the expansion of complementary technologies like hydropower and solar. It also explores Africa’s strong position for continued wind energy growth through the expansion of regional power pools, green hydrogen production and e-mobility.
Wangari Muchiri, Director of Africa Wind Power, said: “This report sends out a clear message: Africa is getting on with the energy transition, and policymakers need to help clear the pathway. The current capacity and strong pipeline of wind energy show that this region, which is particularly affected by climate chang yet has the world best renewable energy resource, is serious about the energy transition. The foundations are strong and the transformative potential huge. World leaders must ensure that this year’s COP28 in Dubai is the moment they step up to the challenge and support Africa in becoming a renewable energy superpower by ensuring financial flows to the continent are increased to unlock this significant potential .”
Michael Franz, Team Leader of GET.invest said: “I am glad to support this first Status of Wind in Africa report, an important piece of work that shows the way ahead for developing this market. At GET.invest, our goal is to mobilise investment in renewable energy and to facilitate the clean energy transition. The report provides clear signals of the momentum building across the continent and how the region’s enormous wind energy potential can be unlocked.”