Countries in Africa and the Middle East will install up to 10.7GW of wind energy capacity between 2020 and 2024, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
The 10.7GW will mark a 167% increase from the current market status. The region experienced a 7% decline in installed wind energy capacity in 2019 compared to 2018. 894MW of wind energy capacity was installed in 2019 compared to 962MW in 2018.
Egypt led other countries in the region with 262MW, followed by Morocco (216MW), Jordan (190MW) and Ethiopia which had 120MW of installed wind energy capacity in 2019.
To date, the region boasts a 6GW of installed wind energy capacity.
Over the next five years, South Africa is expected to dominate the market with 3.3GW, followed by Egypt (1.8GW), Morocco (1.2GW) and Saudi Arabia (1.2GW).
Jon Lezamiz, African Market Development Director at Siemens Gamesa and Chair of GWEC’s Africa Task Force commented: “Africa and the Middle East are endowed with fantastic wind resources, and the industry is committed to supporting policymakers in the region to reap the benefits wind power can provide for their energy systems and economy. In those countries with proper frameworks and stable bankable pipelines, we are already seeing a local supply chain being developed, such as Siemens Gamesa’s blade factory in Morocco, to meet wind energy demand increases while providing local jobs to build a long-term industry and economic opportunity in the region.”