Riders on the storm: Ethiopia bids to become wind capital of Africa

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  • Ethiopia signals massive expansion of renewable energy
  • Investments will see sector grow more than 1000% by 2020

(CNN)Ethiopia is mid-way through a six-month state of emergency, but its renewable energy sector continues to make rapid progress.

The East African state has enjoyed a decade of strong growth, giving rise to profitable industries, new infrastructure, and showpiece summits.
    To sustain this momentum, Ethiopia's government is pressing ahead with ambitious development plans, and clean energy is core to the mission.
      Ethiopia was among the most daring signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, committing to cut carbon emissions by 64% by 2030. The government has ploughed billions of dollars into hydropower megaprojects such as the Grand Renaissance Dam -- which will be the largest dam in Africa -- and the freshly-inaugurated Gibe III Dam.
      The next target is to become the wind power capital of Africa.