Senegal plans to commission its first utility-scale wind energy project, Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN), which is a joint venture of the Senegalese National Electricity Corporation (Senelec) and Amsterdam-based Lekela. The project is a critical part of the government’s “Plan Senegal Emergent,” an economic accelerator programme. PETN is expected to supply over 450,000 MWh of power to the grid later this year – this is a 15 per cent increase in the power generation capacity of Senegal. The $342 million wind farm will be part financed by Lekela and the other half will be split between US-based Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Danish export credit company EKF. The construction of the wind farm began in December 2018. PETN has been designed to generate electricity for at least 20 years through its 46 wind turbines.