August 10 (SeeNews) - Construction can commence in 2016 of the 225-MW Ayitepa wind farm on the eastern coast of Ghana, a project owned by Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power.
All environmental permits have been secured and the grid connection and power purchase agreements are being finalised, according to a statement from Friday.
The USD-525-million (EUR 479m) project is the country’s first large-scale wind farm. Mainstream’s Business Development Manager, Chris Matthews, noted that power generation at the site will commence during construction. When fully operational, Ayitepa will be capable of contributing 10% of Ghana’s electricity demand during peak usage times, Mainstream had said previously. Thus it will help the African country overcome its power shortages.
Ghana aims to source 10% from renewables by 2020.
Mainstream acquired the project from Swiss-based developer NEK Umwelttechnik last year. At the time it said that financial close was expected in 2015.