First wind turbine begins operating in Mozambique

11 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Aug – Mozambique’s first fourth-generation wind turbine has been inaugurated in the Praia da Rocha district of the southern province of Inhambane, state news agency AIM reported.

The 300 KW turbine was installed under a private initiative worth around US$ 2.5 million and will supply nearby tourist resorts as well as 1,200 customers. The generator is also hooked up to Mozambique’s national power grid, meaning it can send power to other customers or allow locals to receive energy from the grid when there is little or no wind.

Another 66 turbines with a total installed capacity of 20 MW are being built at Praia da Rocha, said Energy Minister Salvador Namburete.

The city of Maxixe, in Inhambane, and the resort of Ponta do Ouro, in the district of Matutuine, have also been earmarked for similar wind turbines. (macauhub)