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O’Connor takes position as GWEC Global Ambassador

Dr Eddie O'Connor is co-founder and chief executive of Mainstream Renewable Power, a renewable energy group.
Dr Eddie O’Connor is co-founder and chief executive of Mainstream Renewable Power. Pic credit: Mainstream RP

Global renewable energy developer, Mainstream Renewable Power, has recently announced the appointment of CEO, Eddie O’Connor, as the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) new Global Ambassador.

Disseminating GWEC message

O’Connor  will act as the global mouthpiece for GWEC, ensuring that the clean energy’s message is disseminated to a broader audience, educating more countries on the benefits that the industry can bring for their economic and social development, the wind energy council said in statement.

“The wind industry has gained unprecedented momentum across the globe, particularly in emerging markets, driven by the fact that wind power is now cheaper than fossil fuels,” O’Connor commented in response to his appointment.

He added: “I am honoured to have been asked by the Global Wind Energy Council to be its global ambassador at such an exciting time for the wind power industry.”

GWEC Secretary General, Steve Sawyer said in a statement: “Eddie’s work building the wind industry throughout his career and his current role at the helm of Mainstream Renewable Power has made him an obvious choice as Global Ambassador for GWEC.

“As an organisation, we are delighted to be working with a true pioneer in creating the next wave of growth for the industry.”

Wind on growth trajectory

In a recent report, GWEC Secretary General, Steve Sawyer, said that besides market leader South Africa, both Morocco and Egypt appear to be geared for solid growth in the next five years adding that smaller markets in Kenya, Ethiopia are not too far behind.

GWEC released the ‘Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update’ in April this year, which highlights that the wind industry reached another milestone in 2015 with annual installations hitting 63GW, a 22% increase on the 2014 annual market.

Sawyer noted in a statement that by the end of 2015, there was around 433GW of wind power installed across the globe, a 17% increase over the previous year.

He added that according to the International Energy Agency, wind power supplied more new power generation than any other technology in 2015.

This growth is evident of the secure future that wind energy has in the future, and O’Connor will be one of the driving forces behind it.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.