Zambia among beneficiaries of partnership to drive wind energy in Africa


Zambia is among the African countries to benefit from a partnership that offers Africa’s wind energy industry a crucial platform to advocate for the technology as part of the continent’s present and future energy mix.

This partnership has been entered into by Global Wind Energy Council (GWC) and EnergyNet.

Many countries across the continent are poised for an upsurge of wind energy installation in the coming years, from the more established markets such as Egypt, Morocco, Kenya and South Africa, to the nascent wind markets of Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Mauritania, Nigeria and Ghana.

The partnership therefore highlights a recognition of the role that wind energy is set to play in spurring Africa’s sustainable economic growth, from investment to job creation and local supply chain opportunities.

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GWEC’s Africa WindPower Director, Wangari Muchiri, said wind energy had much to offer Africa as a driver of sustainable economic growth.

He looked forward to engaging with public and private sector stakeholders to discuss the opportunities that wind energy could bring.

“As an African wind industry, we have already shown that we can provide people with clean and reliable electricity, make business, industry and entire economies more competitive, all the while decarbonising energy systems,” Muchiri said at the signing ceremony in Nairobi Sunday.

On his part, EnergyNet Portfolio Manager & Head of Corporate Development Africa, George Hudson, said the partnership with GWEC provided a unique opportunity to engage with globally-recognised market-leaders operating in the wind energy space.

Hudson hoped to bring awareness to the opportunities for investment in wind energy across Africa, and to highlight the increasing contribution of wind energy within the continent’s energy mix.

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