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The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has launched the Africa Task Force, which aims to accelerate the adoption and deployment of renewable energy technology across the continent.

The alliance includes Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, DNV-GL, Nordex, Vestas, the South Africa Wind Energy Association, Africa Europe Energy Partnership, RES4Africa, Mainstream Renewable Power, Acciona Energia, GE Renewable Energy, NRG Systems, Goldwind and Aurora Wind Power.

The group hopes that increased adoption of wind energy will cut energy poverty, and also reduce the continent’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Accordign the council the African wind market is expected to add 6GW of wind capacity by 2023, more than double the current capacity of 5.3GW, and notes that up to 33GW of new wind energy capacity could be added

The task force will help install more wind capacity by advising legislators on energy auctioning, regulatory frameworks, and accelerating private-sector investment into wind energy, transfer learnings from more mature smart energy markets, and create forums to encourage the growth of the technology.

GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said: “Africa has a unique opportunity to leap-frog obsolete fossil fuel generation and create the power generation it needs from wind power and other renewables technologies.

“If we can help create the right regulatory frameworks and knowledge transfer, Africa’s growing economies will soon be powered by cheap, efficient wind power.”

Africa's energy transition can benefit from learnings in more mature markets, whilst providing dynamic private investment opportunities. We spoke to Niklas Johansson, Sweden's State Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Trade, about Africa's energy future.