Exploring wind power as the solution to Africa’s energy shortages.

CAIRO, EGYPT, 05 October: In a recent survey conducted by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC), 64.28% of the 2,754 energy sector respondents have chosen wind power as the principle solution to meet Africa’s growing energy demand. This topic will be further explored at IQPC’s Wind power Development and Implementation conference, taking place in Cairo, Egypt from 12-15 December 2010.

Economic growth in the region has been mirrored by an increased requirement for electricity – and the result? The continent has seen a rapid increase in renewable energy projects to supply energy needs.


Africa not only faces electricity shortages but also consistent and lengthy power cuts. Earlier this year the Egyptian Electricity Ministry had to ration out national power by inducing power outages as a direct result of higher electricity consumption. For a country without oil reserves, renewable energy becomes an even bigger necessity.

The Moroccan government has ambitious plans to have installed 2000MW of wind energy by 2020. Morocco‘s King Mohammed VI inaugurated a 250-million-euro (300 million dollar) wind farm near Tangiers, which is currently the biggest in Africa.

However Kenya is also competing to open Africa’s biggest wind farm and is back in the running following a government guarantee for financing the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which plans to produce 300MW in Marsabit.

The Global Wind Energy Council has predicted global installed wind capacity to reach 200GW by the end of 2010. Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the GWEC says “as wind power is becoming more competitive, it is rapidly expanding beyond the traditional markets in North America and Europe. In fact, around half of the growth is now happening in emerging economies and developing countries”.

Key speakers at Wind power Development and Implementation include Eskom’s Chief Engineer, Riaan Smit; Senior Investment Officer/Energy Expert of the African Development Bank, Youssef Arfaoui; Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency’s General Director of Energy Projects, Dr. Hisham El Agamawy and KenGen’s Chief Engineer, Christopher Maende.

For more information on this topic and conference visit www.windpoweregypt.com

Media Contact:

Delcy D’souza

Marketing Manager

IQPC Dubai

04 3602903

About Wind Power Development and Implementation:

Wind Power Development and Implementation conference has been designed to provide an insight into the practical and technical issues surrounding wind farm projects. Through detailed presentations, interactive panel discussions, case studies and two extensive workshop days this event will tackle key challenges faced when developing a commercially viable wind farm.

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