Senegal is almost done with a 158-megawatt wind farm in the country’s third-largest city of Thiès. The sustainable power project which will be commissioned in 2020, will be the biggest one in West Africa.
The onshore wind power project is being constructed by Lekela, a renewable energy company operating in Africa.
According to NS Energy, the wind farm, specifically in Taiba N’Diaye, is expected to generate 400GWh of ‘clean’ electricity. This is coupled with some 300,000 tonnes of annual carbon emissions that it will offset.
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The wind farm measures 67 hectares or over 800,000 yards square. Reports say it will be equipped with 46 turbines with a capacity of 3.45MW each.
The turbines will be installed in five rows spreading over seven hectares with each turbine mounted on a tubular steel tower.
The project is being funded chiefly by the Danish and American governments.
When it is completed, the Taiba N’Diaye wind farm will meet the electricity demands of over 15% of Senegal’s 16 or so million people.