Solar Power Potential in Africa vastly Underutilized


[Africa\Solar Power]
The Africa Report: “Less than 1% of the world’s solar capacity is in Africa.”
Photo: YouTube

African grid operators that don’t put solar power onto their systems risk being bypassed as prices for solar production and storage continue to fall, John van Zuylen, CEO of the Africa Solar Industry Association, tells The Africa Report.

There are already many places where solar energy is the cheapest option says Van Zuylen, who is based in Kigali. That means the prospect of “a significant uptake of solar in the African energy mix, grid-connected but probably mostly off-grid. By rejecting solar, the national utilities may create themselves a new problem: losing their reliable customers.”

Less than 1% of the world’s solar capacity is in Africa.

According to the Institut Montaigne in Paris, sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s only region where demographic growth since 2000 has been faster than the speed at which populations are being given access to electricity.

Read the rest of this The Africa Report story here:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *