Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Ethiopia: Constructing largest Geothermal Power Plant

While addressing at the Great Rift Valley Energy Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Alemayehu Tegenu, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy said “Africa needs to open up to bring in the benefits of accelerated development to its people through availing sustainable energy supply”. Ethiopia is blessed with massive renewable energy wealth with estimated hydro power at 45,000 MV, estimated geothermal energy at 10,000 MV and wind potential at 1.3 million MW. With an enhanced investment in the green energy sector, government has pioneered the construction of power plants with a total estimated generation capacity of 8000MW. The grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is one such project with a generation capacity of 6000MW. Wind power is another renewable energy developing at a faster pace. Ashegoda and Adama 1 are two ongoing projects with targets to set up more wind plants with the motive to boost the country’s renewable energy generation capacity. 

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