The current population in Africa reaches approximately 1.3 billion people, of which only 62% have access to electricity. Despite the recent progress, the continent struggles to keep up with the growing population and, hence, meeting the energy demand. The continent will need to double its capacity between now and 2030 to meet the demand. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the capacity needed will be of 497 GW in 2030.
The German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the Becquerel Institute presented an analysis of the solar markets in ten African countries at the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar Europe.
“The solar potential in Africa is large, as is Africa’s energy demand, and we are optimistic about many of the markets we analyzed,” says David Wedepohl, Managing Director of BSW-Solar. However, only relatively few photovoltaic systems have been installed so far. At the moment, the capacity of all solar power systems on the entire African continent is at around 5 gigawatts – just over one percent of the total global installed solar power capacity. “We estimate we would need about 2,000 TWh Solar PV to fully decarbonize the energy consumption on the continent by 2040,” says Wedepohl. With slightly more than 1 GW installed in 2018, the African PV market could grow by to up 30 GW by the end of the next decade.
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