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GWEC: Wind will continue to make waves in MENA

Regional wind power sector grew by 38% in 2009, says GWEC CEO.

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Wind farms: Coming to a desert near you?
Wind farms: Coming to a desert near you?

 The use of wind power has grown by 38 percent in 2009 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and will continue to experience strong growth, according to Steve Sawyer, CEO of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Installed capacity grew by 230MW last year, taking total wind power capacity in the region to 828MW at the end of 2009.

“There have been encouraging signs for wind power development in the MENA region in the past few years, especially in countries such as Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia, and also in Iran," Sawyer said in a statement.

All of the new wind farms were installed in those four countries, Sawer added.

Global wind power generation is set to double between 2010 and 2014, the GWEC has claimed in a recent study. Half of the growth of the sector is taking place in emerging countries, said the council.

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