The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), an international association for the wind power industry, has predicted rapid acceleration in the coming years in wind energy capacity in the Middle East and Africa. By 2024, GWEC said MENA will have 10.7 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy capacity, a 167% increase from now.
The quick development is expected to be spurred by installations in Morocco and Saudi Arabia, a 1.8 GW installation in Egypt and 3.3 GW worth of installations in South Africa, reported The Arab Weekly.
In the MENA region, Egypt ranked first in wind energy capacity at 262 megawatts (MW), followed by Morocco with 216 MW and Jordan with 190 MW of wind power capacity.
GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said in a statement released in February, “Challenges such as policy and power market frameworks, transmission infrastructure bottlenecks and odd-taker risk must be overcome for Africa and the Middle East to take full advantage of their wind potential.
“This will be crucial as the region’s energy demands, GDP and population are set to grow significantly over the next decade, as wind can provide a decentralised, cheap and reliable energy source to increase electrification rates and support this growth.”