Renewable power generation company Lekela has celebrated a landmark moment as it reaches commercial operation of its West Bakr Wind farm in Egypt. The project has taken less than two years to build since construction work started on site in February 2020. Comprising of 96 turbines, installed by Siemens Gamesa, West Bakr Wind will produce over 1000 GWh renewable electricity every year and prevent more than 530,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. On its own, West Bakr Wind will increase Egypt’s wind power capacity by 18%.The project is part of the Egyptian government’s Build, Own Operate scheme, a key element of the government’s ambitious aims to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2022. It has also been made possible by financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation and the United States’ Development Finance Corporation.