14 August 2013 – Energy consultancy SgurrEnergy is providing wind monitoring and analysis services for the first phase of the 400 MW wind farm development in Debre Birhan, which lies to the north of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Terra Global Energy Developers, the first US energy developer to enter Ethiopia’s wind industry, elected SgurrEnergy to support a 12 month wind measurement campaign as part of the project’s technical and financial feasibility stage.
Key wind data are being collected by Terra using two 60 metre met masts, located on site. Based on measured site data, SgurrEnergy’s wind analysis team has provided a range of services, covering data management, data recovery and monthly reporting, site suitability and site classification. The consultancy has also provided a preliminary six-month energy yield analysis, providing Terra with an annual energy production (AEP) of the project, with advice on wind farm layout and wind turbine generator model selection.
Following the completion of the 12 month measurement campaign in October 2013, SgurrEnergy will provide a full, bank-grade site suitability report and energy yield analysis which will allow Terra to obtain the necessary lender’s funding approval to progress the project into construction.
Gareth Brown, principal consultant in SgurrEnergy’s Vancouver office, says, “The Ethiopia wind project is a real milestone for the expansion of renewable energy development, not only in Ethiopia, but in east Africa as a whole.”
According to The World Bank, Ethiopia has one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. With abundant wind, solar, and geothermal resources, the country has great potential for renewable energy development.