Lesotho, one of the poorest countries in Africa, plans to build wind farms and hydroelectric plants worth 11,000 million euros in financing China.
The authorities hope that the project, one of the most important in Africa, will provide an incentive to boost the economy of this country’s heart embedded in South Africa, where nearly half of its two million inhabitants survive on less than one euro a day .
“With this project, our country can go from being one of the least developed to become an emerging economy,” said the South African weekly Monyane Moleleki, Minister of Natural Resources of Lesotho.
The objective is to generate 6,000 megawatts of wind power and 4,000 from water, equivalent to 5 percent of the electricity needs of South Africa itself.
The wind farm will be installed in the Maluti mountains of over 3,000 meters, an area whose major drawbacks are its low winter temperatures to 20 degrees below zero, and lightning. It is expected that the investment is made over the next ten or fifteen years at this time to generate some 25,000 jobs.