Adama Wind Power Project to be inaugurated Saturday

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Addis Ababa, December 1 (WIC) - The Adama Wind Power Project which consumed 117 million US Dollar will be inaugurated on Saturday.

The project with a generating capacity of 51 Mega Watts is labeled as environmentally friendly and cost effective.

Several studies have been conducted so far to identify Ethiopia’s energy potential and develop short, medium and long term investment plans for the power sector.

The country’s hydropower potential is estimated at 45,000MW and the potential for generating electricity from geothermal is about 5,000MW.

To utilize this and other huge resources in the energy sector the country is using different methods.

Currently the country is engaged in generating electricity from wind power so as to support its boosting economy, especially to fulfill the demand of energy for the industry sector.
“Adama one” wind farm is among the projects launched to produce electricity in an environmentally friendly manner.

The 117 million US Dollar Adama Wind power project has been completed in a year’s time. The project is now fully operational and able to generate 51MW on average from 43 turbines.

According to Fikadu Abraham, coordinator of the site, using wind to generate electricity is cost effective.

“This project is more advantageous because it has no negative impact on the environment and the surrounding community. Besides, we have no additional expense once it is completed, except for maintenance,” he says.

During a visit program organized for representatives of various offices, Hadush Kasu representing Government Communication Affairs Office said the Adama wind power project which is based on an alternative of energy source is an indication of technological transformation.

“As you have observed, the project creates employment opportunity for many citizens. However, the main thing is the happening of technological and skill transfer which can elevate our innovative capacity,” Hadush said.

Adama one wind farm has already been connected with the main power station.

According to ERTA some 85 percent of the project cost is covered through loan obtained from the Chinese government, while the Ethiopian government settles the balance.