windfarm_ethiopiaOctober 2008 – Addis Ababa.  Africa’s largest wind farm is under construction in this mountainous area of northern Ethiopia.  The entire installation is scheduled to be completed in early 2011 and will have a projected 120 megawatt capacity.  That will be a contribution of approximately 15% of the nation’s total electric power.  Up until now, Ethiopia has relied totally on hydroelectric power plants, also a renewable source of energy, but severe droughts in recent years have diminished electric production and prompted the search for alternative energy sources.

With the successful implementation of this project, there will be an expanded effort to install even larger wind farms in strategic locations, not only in Ethiopia, but also in other developing nations.africa_sunset2

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