Egypt’s Electricity Ministry will allocate 1.5 million feddans (630,000 hectares) of government land in Upper Egypt for wind farms, an official at the ministry has announced.

A statement by the Ministry said that part of the land will be used for future tenders for building wind farms and the other part will be for wind farms funded by the government and multinational organisations, the unamed official said, according to Reuters.

The land will be in the provinces of Beni Suef, Minya, and Assiut.

Egypt has been developing wind power along its Red Sea coast in the east and aims to generate 12% of its power from wind farms and a total of 20% from renewable sources by 2020.