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Africa's renewable energy growth to soar by 2022

16/11/2017
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Paulo Frankl, head of renewables at the International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated this week that strong demand across Sub-Sahara Africa will give a huge boost to renewable energy growth over the next five years.
Installed capacity of renewable energy could almost double from around 35GW now to above 60 GW over the next five years.
Cumulative capacity could grow by as much as 70 percent over the period; with installed capacity of renewable energy almost doubling from around 35 gigawatts now to above 60 gigawatts.

Speaking to new agency Reuters, Frankl said:

“A big chunk of this (growth) is hydro because of Ethiopia, but then you have solar… in South Africa, Nigeria and Namibia and wind in South Africa and Ethiopia as well.”

“Africa has one of the best potential resources of renewables anywhere in the world, but it depends very much on the enabling framework, on the governance and the right rules.”


Ethiopia currently has an array of hydropower projects under construction, including the $1.4 billion Grand Renaissance Dam along the Nile River that will churn out 6,000 MW upon completion. Enough to power a large city for a year.

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