The theoretical potential for wind in Africa exceeds demand by orders of magnitude, and about 15% of the potential is characterized as a high-quality resource. However, this enormous capacity is not evenly distributed in the continent; coastal regions holding most of that potential.

Scenarios prepared by the Global Energy Wind Council predict that installed wind power capacity in Africa will rise to between 75 GW and 86 GW by 2030. The cost of generating energy from onshore wind technologies continue to decline; the mean levelized cost of energy of onshore wind has declined almost 7% within a year between 2017 and 2018.