West Africa

  • The West African region benefits from a vast renewable energy potential which could largely cover the power demand and enable millions of people to access electricity, while meeting the energy transition objectives
  • Power reforms are being undertaken in the region including the implementation of hydropower and electrification projects in Ghana and Nigeria
  • Investing in the development of sustainable and resilient energy infrastructures could establish strong socio-economic opportunities for the West African population
  • Both Ghana and the Côte d’Ivoire already benefit from successful electrification projects providing respectively 85% and 60% of their population with a reliable access to electricity

Akosombo Hydroelectric Power Station, Ghana

East Africa

  • The East African region benefits from substantial access to natural energy resources, including solar and wind energy. The government aims to improve its already established policy and regulatory frameworks to enhance the promotion of these natural resources and to attract investments for the implementation of several energy supply options in rural areas
  • Considerable regional electrification projects are underway, including The Last Mile Connectivity Project launched by the Rural Electrification Authority, which aims to deliver universal access to electricity in Kenya by 2022
  • Kenya already benefits from successful electrification projects which have enabled almost 75% of the population to gain access to a reliable electricity source

Solar power across Kenya

Southern Africa

  • Southern African countries aim to accelerate the distribution of renewable energy and the access to universal sources of power by attracting more renewable energy investments
  • The implementation of investment, policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks is being conducted through international and national organisation partnerships, to avoid greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement
  • The region's remarkable improvements in the production and distribution of electricity in the past decade is especially due to the successful initiatives implemented to leverage the region's vast renewable energy resource potential
  • Today, 40% of the population of Mozambique have access to electricity through the grid or mini and off-grid systems. Through the implementation and promotion of solar PV solutions, the government has enabled rural areas and communities to produce and access electricity
  • In Angola, these investments and supportive measures could leverage the hydropower generation strong potential and accelerate the development of renewables in the region, which mainly relies on crude oil production

Wind power across South Africa

Central Africa

  • Central African cities are responsible for more than 75% of the region's energy consumption and for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. The government aims to accelerate the energy security of the region and to play an essential role in the fight against green-gas house emissions, in both rural and urban areas
  • Some parts of the Central region face strong challenges when bringing energy access to the population: in Congo, 60% of the population do not have access to a reliable source of electricity and struggles to develop energy projects, especially in rural areas
  • On the contrary, some countries such as Cameroon and Gabon show relatively high electrification rates compared to the rest of the region, with respectively 54% and 66% of their population benefiting from a reliable access to electricity