Mainstream’s CEO Eddie O’Connor hosted ambassadors and representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa at the company’s office in Dublin today. In the meeting, the ambassadors discussed their countries’ need for new energy supplies and voiced enthusiasm for wind and solar power.
Commenting on the visit, Eddie O’Connor said: “Renewable energy has a vital role to play in helping Africa overcome many of its most pressing challenges, including powering economic growth, providing highly skilled jobs and local investment. A recent report by the Africa Progress Panel shows that Sub-Saharan Africa is desperately short of electricity. The region’s grid has a power generation capacity of just 90 gigawatts (GW) and electricity consumption in Spain exceeds that of the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa. Mainstream is focused on delivering stable, and most importantly, cost effective renewable electricity across the continent.”
Mainstream has been working on the continent of Africa since 2009. It has built 238MW of wind and solar power projects in South Africa and has a further 360MW currently in construction with more earmarked to start construction next year in South Africa, Ghana and Egypt.