Lekela’s 225 megawatt Ayitepa wind project located on the south eastern coastal region of Ghana, 60km east of the capital Accra, is targeted to reach financial close later in 2017. This is a pioneering project which will be West Africa’s largest wind farm.
The project is at an advanced stage of development having:
- A signed grid connection agreement with the Ghana Grid Company
- signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana
- obtained all the permits required to begin construction including those required under Environmental and Civil Aviation Regulations
- completed all major environmental and social governance work streams to ensure that the project follows IFC’s Performance Standards and the Equator Principles
- executed lease agreements with both the relevant local families and the state for a 30-year period covering an area of 55km2
- completed an extensive wind resources assessment using meteorological masts and LIDAR
As part of the wind farm’s commitment to the communities living nearby, the wind farm will invest extensively over the power plants lifetime through its Community Investment Plan. These investments will be targeted at agriculture, job creation, livelihood improvement and education.
Such investments have commenced ahead of construction when, for example, in March 2017 the wind farm completed a six-month project to refurbish three local schools to provide a safer and more effective teaching environment.
The project is rapidly moving forward towards its construction phase and will commence supplying electricity to the grid within 11 months from the start of construction.
The project will deliver economic and clean power to the people of Ghana, helping the country increase access to electricity and meeting its renewable energy target of 10 per cent by 2020.
The Ayitepa wind farm will provide approximately 650 GWh each year of clean, economic and renewable energy to the national grid.