Adama II wind farm
According to reports from ethiopiaprobserver.com, Ethiopia has inaugurated another wind farm project, the Adama II project in Central Ethiopia.
The new wind farm will have an installed capacity of 153 MW and estimated energy production of 477wh. The Adama II project, which is an extension of the Adama I wind farm capable of generating 51 MW of electricity through 102 turbines, each with an installed capacity of 1.5 MW.
The Adama II project will raise the country’s wind power generating capacity to 324 MW, including the 120-MW, 84-turbine wind farm in Ashegoda.
Before 2011, over 96% of Ethiopia’s electricity was from hydropower until the country began a large program to expand electricity supply from 2,000 MW to 10,000 MW. This was to be done mainly with renewable sources including Wind and geothermal.
Dry seasons with low water levels are windy in Ethiopia, the government has since capitalized on the wings of the winds to generate power. The first wind installation in the country was the 51 MW Adama I wind farm, built in 2011. The 120 MW Ashegoda Wind Farm opened in October 2013 and was the largest wind farm in Africa.
Late last year, the government began the Adama II Wind Farm project and was generating energy on a trial basis . This project becomes the third of the wind farms. The country has plans of generation 800MW from Wind.
Ethiopia has become a major exporter of energy in the region .