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Africa once again close to 1 GW

Installations of new wind turbines in Africa and the Middle East last year reached close to the 2015 record.

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New turbines totalling 962 MW were installed in Africa and the Middle East in 2015. The region reached close to 982 MW from 2015, which remains a record, while the GW limit looks set to be broken soon, reports global wind lobby group GWEC in a press release.

Altogether, 5.7 GW was installed in the region, of which the largest share is divided between South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

However, this is still less than the nine European countries as well as China, India, the US, Canada and Brazil but growth prospects for several countries in the region are positive. GWEC projects 6.5 GW in new capacity in the 2019 - 2023 period – an average 1.3 GW annually – for Africa and the Middle East.

English Edit: Lena Rutkowski

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