Renewable Energy

Sustain the energy

Africa has an abundance of natural resources: a large coastline with significant wind and wave power resources, and greater solar resources than any other continent. While unreliable power supply has been an obstacle in accelerating economic transformation, African nations have the opportunity to protect the people, environment and future economic development with a range of renewable energy sources. Many small-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants provide energy in rural areas; for example, solar power can help with daily needs such as small-scale electrification, desalination, water pumping and water purification.

Sector at a glance

  • 730 million - The number of people in Africa relying on traditional uses of biomass
  • 92% - The proportion of untapped potential hydropower resources in Africa
  • 290 - The forecast increase in renewable power installed capacity in Africa between 2015 and 2030