Masdar plans 5GW renewable energy build-out in Africa

UAE state-owned renewable energy company Masdar has announced plans to develop 5GW of renewable energy projects in Angola, Uganda, and Zambia. 

Masdar has signed agreements with the three African countries as it aims to help fund 20GW of renewable energy capacity in the continent by 2035.

The newly signed deals include a deal with Angola’s ministry of energy and water

for 2GW of renewables capacity. The country currently has no wind power capacity at present according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly. 

A further agreement is with Zambia’s national utility Zesco for 2GW of solar, wind and hydroelectric projects. Zambia currently has three planned wind farms with a pipeline capacity of 530MW, according to Windpower Intelligence. 

Meanwhile, Uganda’s ministry of energy and development signed an agreement with Masdar for 1GW of greenfield renewable projects. 

All three agreements were signed as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Masdar stated. 

It is unclear how much wind power capacity will be included in each agreement, or when any of the projects might be brought online.

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