Vergnet Group SA- a France-based firm that deals with power generation from wind, solar and hybrid sources is conducting a feasibility study in Tirgay Regional State for the expansion of the Ashegoda Wind Farm. Feasibility studies in the area commenced in October this year
Ashegoda is considered to be one of the windiest places in Ethiopia and is one of the 11 sites identified by experts with the potential to generate power from wind. The wind farm has capacity to produce 10 – 40 MW of electricity once it becomes operational.
German-based company Lahmeyer International GmbH has been hired by the government to provide project consultancy services and contract supervision and administration works. The funds for the project will be sourced from European banks and the French Development Agency (AFD).
Ethiopia aims at generating 10,000Mw electric power from water, wind and geothermal sources through the Ashegoda wind farm and Adama wind farm during the conclusion of the government’s five-year growth plan. Vergnet Group has installed 900 wind turbines and operates in nearly 35 countries.
According to Ashegoda’s project director: Lodovic Dehondt,”the project is expected to end in 2015”.