Renewable Energy Resource Mapping in Ethiopia


Ethiopia has already some experience with wind power and based on this, the country is aiming to expand generation from wind further. However, with 32MW installed capacity, less than 1% of the wind potential is currently being exploited. This has led to Ethiopia’s inclusion in ESMAP's Renewable Energy Resource Mapping initiative.

In Ethiopia the main source of power production is hydropower. However, periodic drought, seasonal swings in production, and the favorable daily production curve of wind make combining wind and hydropower an attractive proposition for Ethiopia. While keeping a 20% maximum wind penetration, the 2014 Generation Transmission Master Plan proposed to add 900MW by 2020.

This activity will guide the future scaling-up of wind power by confirming the resource potential and supporting the Government of Ethiopia and commercial developers in utilizing the data obtained. There is also interest in expanding the activity to cover other renewable energy resources, starting with solar, if additional funding can be secured.

Project Details
Project approved: January 2015
Expected completion: November 2019
ESMAP funding allocated: $1,600,000
Total project funding: $1,600,000
Project leads: Rahul Kitchlu and Lara Born
Primary government counterparts: The Ministry of Water & Energy Resources and Ethiopia Electricity Supply Company
Project ID: P151309
Appointed consultants: 3E, with DTU Wind, Endiprev, and ERG Ethiopia as sub-contractors

Wind mapping:
Phase 1 Outputs:
GIS Data and LIB Files
Poster of Wind Resources in Ethiopia (PDF, 5Mb)
Mesoscale Wind Modeling Report

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