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Israel Steady increase… Tunisia added another 54MW of Gamesa turbines to the Bizerte project in 2013, bringing the country's total capacity to 209MW

Middle East & North Africa - Healthy pipeline but piecemeal progress

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Few megawatts were installed in the region during 2013, but construction got under way for several projects that are due for commissioning this year.

Ethiopia Headwind… With South Africa set to take over as regional wind leader, the final turbine is taken to Jeffrey's Bay wind far

Sub-Saharan Africa - South Africa booms amid new entrants

SUB-SAHARAN FRICA: For another year, Ethiopia was the star performer in Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of new capacity added in 2013, although it will be easily overtaken this year by South Africa's surging market. Progress elsewhere is coming in fits and starts.

Morocco

Analysis: Suppliers line up for Morocco's 850MW wind tender

MOROCCO: Morocco has issued the long-awaited tender for 850MW spread across five sites as it seeks to attract private-sector investment, achieve its target of 2GW of wind energy online by 2020 and kick-start an industrial sector.

South Africa

Plans for growth and jobs in South Africa become reality

SOUTH AFRICA: A robust bidding process and strict local content requirements have made the South African government's renewable-energy programme a success, laying the foundations for a domestic wind sector. But as local-content targets increase, so do the challenges,reports Jan Dodd.

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Middle East & North Africa - Political events bring delays but offer hope

NORTHERN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Political and social unrest rocked much of the Middle East and north Africa in 2011, putting projects on hold and raising concerns for future investment. While a few countries did see progress, unrest still haunts much of the region. A lot will now depend on how quickly these countries manage to regain stability and restore confidence.

Sub-Saharan Africa - New players join the world of wind

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: The year ahead should be busy in sub-Saharan Africa after significant progress was made in 2011, most notably with project tenders in South Africa, but also installations in Ethiopia and Cape Verde. Projects also made strides ahead in Nigeria, Mauritania and Kenya. In many other countries barriers such as the lack of a regulatory framework and reliable wind data continue to hamper development.

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