While global wind-based electricity generation is still underdeveloped relative to exploitation of other renewable fuels such as hydro, it has grown at an average annual rate of about 30 percent between 1996 and 2008, making wind one of the world's fastest-growing energy resource in terms of both coverage and technological innovations.
Wind resource mapping potential is important in establishing the upper limits of wind energy development. A study to assess the potential for wind power found that Africa "possesses an astonishing technical wind capability of almost 180,000 terawatt hours (TWh) per year- enough to satisfy the entire continent's electricity demands 250 times over."
In Africa, results demonstrated that the best wind is found in the coastal regions of the continent: in the North (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco Tunisia, and Mauritania), the East (Djibouti, Eritrea, Seychelles, and Somalia), West (Cape Verde) and South (South Africa and Lesotho). However, for Nigeria, Northern Nigeria looks promising.
Our plan at Oando Clean Energy is to increase the footprint of wind turbines for power generation across the continent.