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Highest Wind Electricity Generation in Region
Egypt possesses a key role in regional and global energy markets. This is most likely attributed to its geographical proximity and strategic location at the crossroad of international trade of oil and gas, in addition to the control of two major transit routes: the Suez Canal and the SuezMediterranean Pipeline (SUMED).
Egypt possesses an abundance of land, sunny weather and high wind speed, making it a prime resource for three renewable energy sources: wind, solar and biomass.
Egypt’s Solar Atlas states that Egypt is considered a “sun belt” country with 2,000 to 3,000 kWh/m2/year of direct solar radiation. The sun shines 9-11 hours a day from North to South in Egypt, with few cloudy days.
The 2035 Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy, which builds on previous strategies, emphasizes the importance of renewable energy. Egypt intends to increase the supply of electricity generated from renewable sources to 20% by 2022 and 42% by 2035, with wind providing 14 percent, hydro power 2 percent, and solar 25 percent by 2035. The private sector is expected to deliver most of this capacity.i
The west of Suez Gulf area is considered one of the most promising sites for construction of large wind farms projects due to the high wind speeds ranging between 8-10 meter/second and due to the availability of large uninhabited desert area.
There are reforms in the regulatory framework and government support, providing great opportunities for the private sector.
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