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Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm

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Siaka Stevens, Idris Elba from Sherbro Alliance Partners (SAP) and Zoisa North-Bond and Greg Jackson from Octopus Energy. Image credit: Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm 

British company Octopus Energy’s generation arm has partnered with Idris Elba and Siaka Stevens’ development company, Sherbro Alliance Partners (SAP), to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm as part of the Sherbro Island City project. 

Announced at COP28, the collaboration and project will help accelerate Sierra Leone’s renewables opportunity and collect vital data to foster greater investment into green energy on Sherbro Island, across Sierra Leone and beyond.

The deal will see Octopus build a first-of-its-kind renewables project for the country in 2024, with the potential to expand the partnership in the future.

Job opportunities for local communities (Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm)

Five wind turbines and solar panels with batteries will generate clean electricity for local communities. The partners are exploring options for the location of the site on Sherbro Island, which will create green job opportunities and training for local people.

SAP is an infrastructure development company co-founded by award-winning actor Idris Elba and Siaka Stevens, the grandson of the former President of Sierra Leone.

Sherbro Island is a designated semi-autonomous Special Economic Zone, which allows private sector entities and investors to lead in the island’s development activities. SAP is on a mission to transform Sherbro Island into a vibrant West African economic hub and dynamic eco-city, where global citizens can live, learn, research, work and play.

The vision is to replicate the transformative economic shifts seen in places like Singapore and Dubai, with a focus on efficient governance, robust infrastructure including high speed connectivity, alongside healthcare, education, arts, film, entertainment, business, and talent development.

The agreement will also see SAP and Octopus open offices in Sierra Leone.

First move into renewables in Africa (Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm)

Octopus’ green energy projects – worth USD7.5-billion – already span over 15 countries in Europe, Asia and Australia, with plans to rapidly scale. This partnership marks Octopus’ first move into renewables in Africa.

Close to 28% of Sierra Leone’s population has access to electricity, with the country targeting 85% renewable electricity capacity by 2030.

According to Elba, the goal at Sherbro Island is to create a culturally diverse international city that blends African tradition, dynamism, and pride with state-of-the-art infrastructure and services, where development sits in harmony with sustainability.

“We’re pleased to partner with Octopus Energy who share a profound commitment to sustainability and energy which will be a backbone to development on Sherbro,” says Elba.

“Sherbro Island City is being founded on sustainable principles and will be fuelled by clean energy sources. Over the last few years, our mission has been to transform Sherbro and ignite a new way of building African cities, Africa needs new cities. We are focusing on making a significant impact across the region and beyond with partners in the UK, Europe, Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. Our collaboration with Octopus is the first of many partnerships which will allow us to achieve this world class vision,” adds Stevens.

According to Zoisa North-Bond, CEO of Octopus Energy Generation, green energy represents a monumental opportunity across the African continent.

“Through projects like this, we can get cheap, green electricity to even more people and leverage renewables data to unleash the power of renewables and encourage others to follow suit,” says North-Bond.

Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm

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Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm

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