Mapping wind resources in Ethiopia



3E has been awarded the wind resource mapping of Ethiopia by the World Bank.

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program of the World Bank aims at providing developing countries more understanding about their renewable energy potential.

Ethiopia currently has 324 MW of wind capacity installed in three wind farms. The target is to reach 1200 MW of installed capacity by 2020. DTU of Denmark made a preliminary mesoscale wind resource map. 3E’s current task is now to do the validation of that preliminary mapping with 8 ground-based measurements. With the support of the Danish Embassy, the project has been expanded with an additional 10 masts for measurements on priority sites for wind development. The objective is to provide high-quality wind data for the preparation of bankable wind energy projects. A priority list of sites has been prepared based on a constraint mapping taking into account wind resource, grid and a number of other parameters such as accessibility.

In July, a team of 3E experts, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and contractors visited these sites in order to do a first assessment of wind farm development. Based on the findings during the site visits, a shortlist of sites will be proposed, and by the end of the year 3E will start the installation of 80 m lattice towers for a 24-months measurement campaign, complemented with some lidar measurements on complex sites.