Wind power to the fore: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, with its vast experience in Africa, has recently signed a 59MW wind farm deal with the government of Djibouti.


Roberto Sabalza, CEO Onshore South Europe/Africa, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

What are the major factors of the African wind energy market?

Many countries, from North to South, from East to West, have put in place development programmes for access to renewable energy solutions. There is a strong will and ambition to give the sector a significant share beyond 20-50% in the energy mix of their country within the next 20 to 30 years.

Energy partnerships in Africa are increasingly being given to the private sector, which can only boost economic growth. In fact, more than 20 years ago, we were the first manufacturer to provide wind energy on the continent.

Today, with an installed capacity of more than 3.2GW, in countries such as South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, we have more than 55% market share on the continent.

We are making significant efforts with experienced teams to help the continent accelerate its economic growth in a sustainable manner. The aim is to provide access to clean electricity to a growing number of Africans but also, where possible, to achieve optimal industrial integration.

Why and how do you aim to further develop the use of renewable energy across the continent?

Wind energy has the potential to play an important role in powering Africa's growth, including job creation and expanding its industrial sector.

We believe that it is crucial for companies like ours to position themselves as major players enabling the energy transition in Africa.

We need to encourage more public-private partnerships in order to propose and strengthen the necessary conditions for the development and access to renewable energies on the continent.

We can succeed only through collaboration with all public and private actors capable of building markets. That is why Siemens Gamesa seeks to share its expertise and judgement gained from more than 20 years of operating globally in 90 countries, and specifically on the continent as an active member in different national and international platforms. For example, in chairing a task force within the Global Wind Energy Council or being active members of the RES4Africa Foundation and board members of local wind associations like SAWEA in South Africa.

We all need to understand the different challenges we are facing today. Beyond the integrated value chain that we offer to our customers, we also provide energy-efficient storage solutions to ensure a fully...

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