Africa and the Middle East installed 962 MW of new onshore wind capacity in 2018, up by more than 300 MW from a year earlier, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said Monday. The total installed wind capacity in Africa and the Middle East now stands at 5.7 GW with the GWEC forecasting that an additional 6.5 GW will be added by 2023, this would mean more than double the current installed capacity of 5.7GW. Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said: “Government commitment in Africa and Middle East is essential for wind energy to progress. Investments in grid and infrastructure are key drivers for growth.”“GWEC is especially watching the development in the Middle East,” he said. Karin Ohlenforst, Director of Market Intelligence at GWEC, said: “After two years with lower installations, Africa and Middle East reached almost 1GW of new wind capacity, reaching a similar level as in 2015 (983MW).
Source: The North Africa Journal February 11, 2019 15:45 UTC