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Wind power installations slowed in Africa and the Middle East last year, according to Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) figures, but the industry body expects faster growth in the next five years.
Lekela has delivered first power to the grid from its 158.7MW Taiba N'Diaye project in Senegal, the west African country's first utility-scale wind farm.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects Africa's wind power fleet to increase nine-fold between the end of 2018 and 2040, but the continent's small power markets and underdeveloped grids pose challenges to managing variability as renewables' penetration increases.
South Africa's government expects 14.4GW of new wind power capacity to be installed between 2022 and 2030 under its final Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) -- more than any other energy source in this period.
Developers Windlab and Eurus Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kenyan authorities for what could be Africa's first hybrid renewable energy plant.
Lekela has reached financial close on the 250MW West Bakr project in north Egypt, nearly four years after first signing a memorandum of understanding over the project.