Ethiopia switches on Africa’s largest wind farm



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Ethiopia's green economy is booming, but most of the locals are not feeling the benefit.

Last week, the country opened Africa's biggest wind farm. The Ashegoda Wind Farm will generate 120 megawatts of electricity. It came online just days after Ethiopia announced a preliminary agreement to build a 1000-megawatt geothermal facility, the largest in Africa.

Growing economies and more stable governments are making East Africa eager for more power – and it wants green power, says Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council. "People see what's happening in China with the air pollution and they don't want coal-fired power stations." European and Chinese investment has helped the price of wind power fall below that of coal-generated electricity. "It's becoming an economic option."