The project, outside Mekelle in Tigray state, about miles north of the capital, Addis Ababa, has a capacity of MW and will produce about m KWh a year. It was completed in phases over three and a half years and has produced 90m KWh for the national grid. But the Ethiopian government insisted there were also local spin-offs. Media reports in , however, noted that about farmers had lost some or all their land to make way for the turbines. They were given financial compensation but some complained the money was too little.
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The Ethiopian government recognised the potential for harnessing this natural resource to help maintain economic growth through the energy sector and to become a major regional exporter of energy by diversifying electricity generation. Located in Ashegoda near Mekelle in the Tigray region, approximately km north of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, this MW wind farm supplies electricity to more than 3 million Ethiopians. Vergnet was chosen as the wind energy provider for the project, due to the adaptability of its technology to suit the conditions of the Ethiopian countryside.
As main contractor, Vergnet led the management of the project with the support of the French government and with Alstom as subcontractor. Throughout the four year project, over 1, people of 26 different nationalities worked on the construction site and contributed to the electrification of Africa.
Making a Difference at Ashegoda Wind Farm Ethiopia has made investments in alternatives energy a central pillar of its development plan and hopes to inspire other African countries to follow soon. Ethiopia aims to supply power to its 91 million people and boost its economy by exporting power to neighbouring countries.
The MW Ashegoda wind farm can provide enough energy to power all northern region of Ethiopia. Meheret Debebe CEO, EEPCo Reliable Renewables Vergnet is a global renewable energy solutions company with a successful track record in providing high performance, reliable and affordable clean energy solutions for companies around the world. Advanced renewable solutions, encompassing wind, solar PV and hybrid technology, make Vergnet a recognised partner of choice for mining companies throughout the world.
The company leverages a 25 year heritage in delivering power quality, performance and availability of supply in remote, isolated environments with extreme climatic conditions and limited electricity infrastructure. With a strong focus on design, manufacturing and engineering innovation, Vergnet provides adaptable renewable solutions that are highly customised to both the local environment and the specific needs of mining companies. Vergnet operates in over 40 countries and has employees in 10 offices.
Developing adaptable and affordable solutions that cut energy costs is at the heart of everything we do.
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