The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) signed agreements for the creation of two large wind farms that will significantly change Ethiopia’s power generating capacity.

Ethiopia’s first ever wind power plant is being built in Ashegoda, near Mekelle, the capital of Tigray. The first phase of the project, which is being overseen by France’s Vergnet Groupe, is expected to be completed by June 2011 and will have a capacity of 30MW. When the plant is fully operational, in 2013, its total capacity will be 120MW.

 

On 17th November, EEPCo also announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Terra Energy Developers for the engineering, procurement and construction of a 400MW wind park project in Debre Berhan, about 130km north of Addis Ababa.

Under the agreement, Terra Energy - based in Nevada in the US - will set up a wind turbine assembly plant in Ethiopia and arrange the required financing. It was also decided that Terra Energy, a joint venture between Princeton Energy Group, Global Enterprise Engineering Solutions and Pacific Renewable Energy Consulting, will handle the technology transfer and manage the plant.

Debre Berhan Wind Park is one of the seven wind projects EEPCo plans to build in the next five years.

EEPCo estimates that close to 1,000MW of the 8,000MW planned power generating capacity increase over the next five years, will come from wind energy.