Cairo has made strides in increasing its renewable energy capacity in recent years, with total installed capacity rising from just 900MW at the end of the 2016-17 financial year to 3.02GW at end of 2020-21, according to the latest data from Egypt state utility EEHC. And the figure has risen further since the close of the Egyptian financial year on 30 June 2021, to 3.11GW following the November start-up of a 250MW wind farm at West Bakr on the Gulf of Suez in November (MEES, 3 December 2021).

Leaving aside Egypt’s 2.8GW of hydropower capacity, which is largely accounted for by the 2.1GW Aswan High Dam, the country’s ‘new renewables’ capacity is split evenly between wind, with capacity of 1.59GW and solar which stands at 1.52GW (see table). (CONTINUED - 1094 WORDS)