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Ethiopia building largest wind farms in Africa

Ethiopia building largest wind farms in Africa

The Horn of African country of Ethiopia is building the continent’s biggest wind farms by taking advantage of the strong winds blowing over Adama rocky hills in the country’s highlands.

 

According to a new report by AFP, the government of Ethiopia sees Adama region as a perfect location for the construction of three wind farms, the first of which has been already made operational.

Solomon Yismaw, the engineer, who is in charge of 102 Chinese-built turbines, each 70-meter high, which are used in the project said "In February, during the dry season, it is even difficult to stand here."

The first Adama wind farm was inaugurated almost a month ago with the capacity to produce 153 megawatt (MW) of electricity, which makes it the largest wind farm in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to local officials, the hills in Adama region, which is located 100 kilometres southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa, stand 2,000 meters above the sea level.

ME

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