Report /// Eastern Africa
The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the key facts and figures related to some of the most prominently developing solar markets in Eastern Africa.
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Africa has shown great progress in the development of its solar energy markets over the last year. The continent has experienced a growth of over 1.8 GW of new solar installations, with 1.4 GW coming from photovoltaic (PV) installations, which was a significant jump from the 786 MW that was brought online in 2017. According to IRENA, last year’s growth was mainly driven by five specific countries: Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Ghana. The aim of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the key facts and figures related to these solar PV markets.
Phanes Group, an international end-to-end solar provider headquartered in Dubai, UAE, is once again on the hunt for promising solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to support in sub-Saharan Africa, as the company relaunches its Solar Incubator program. Now in its third consecutive year, the competition continues towards its goal of electrifying more communities for a sustainable future.
The report will present an overview of the energy sector and the range of issues related to solar PV project development, including key demographic information, insights into legislation and policy, inventory of power generation capacity, and assessments of the current status of the solar industries in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The Sun Exchange is a micro-leasing marketplace where solar projects can be financed and owned by anyone in the world. We talked to its founder, Abraham Cambridge, to learn more about the history, vision and mechanics behind this innovative platform.
Experiences of a B2B service provider that enables off-grid solar providers through metering & monitoring technology and digitizing sales in emerging markets.
KIGALI / ROTTERDAM, 31 AUGUST 2018 - In June 2018, Bouake, the second largest city of Cote d’Ivoire, suffered its first-ever shutdown of domestic water supply. The country’s dammed lake, which supplies 70 percent of the city’s water supply, completely ran dry. According to many experts, this was yet-again another consequence of climate change.
For years, the African renewable energy development market has been dominated by foreign investors and financial institutions. Now is the time for African investors to step up to the plate and join the continent’s solar energy transition.
On the 5th of October 2017, Solarplaza organized a webinar on solar development in the African market: Commercial capital investments in African solar PV projects, in the run-up to the 2-day Unlocking Solar Capital Africa conference organized in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on the 25th and 26th of October, 2017.
A large and persistent power deficit exists across the African continent; addressing this is key to achieving economic and social goals. There is significant potential for solar power, both at the utility and off-grid scale, to help close this deficit, particularly given high solar irradiation in many countries and the falling price of PV equipment in recent years. Governments increasingly see both forms of solar power as central to their electrification targets.
Solarplaza and GOGLA are proud to announce the second edition of Unlocking Solar Capital (USC) Africa. After hosting last year’s inaugural edition in Nairobi, Kenya, we’ll be organizing its follow-up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.