Wind and solar giant Mainstream Renewable Power has sealed a deal to buy and operate Ghana’s first utility-scale wind farm.

Under an agreement announced yesterday, Mainstream will co-develop the 225 megawatt (MW) AyitepaWind Farm with Swiss developer NEK Umwelttechnik until financial close next year.

Mainstream will then manage the operations and maintenance of the wind farm located 40 kilometres from Accra on the east coast of Ghana for its lifecycle.

The project is currently in the latter stages of development with all major permits secured. Grid and offtake agreements are being finalised and it should begin generating power in early 2016.

Ghana’s renewable energy mix

When fully operational the wind farm will generate approximately 10 per cent of Ghana’s total electricity generation capacity which currently stands at 2,000 MW.

Commenting on the deal, Mainstream’s chief executive Eddie O’Connor said: “This wind farm is the ideal solution for Ghana because the country needs large quantities of electricity and it needs it fast.

“Wind and solar power are the only proven technologies in the world today that can achieve the dual objectives of speed of deployment and scale. From initial concept to operation, Mainstream has delivered utility-scale projects into operation in just over three years.

He added: “The AyitepaWind Farm is well advanced and can be generating electricity in less than 18 months from now. No other generation technology can match that in terms of speed of delivery.”