The extreme energy poverty in most African countries is a major opportunity for them to leapfrog into electricity via renewable energy technologies indicates Ansgar Kiene, Coordinator of the African Renewable Energy Alliance. Africa’s leapfrog to mobile technology when landlines were constrained provides an example of what could happen with renewable energies.
Kiene says that solar technologies have the largest potential on the continent. However, depending on the region in Africa, other renewable technologies also provide great opportunities. For example, wind technologies work along coastlines and the Rift Valley in East Africa from Kenya to Malawi is suitable for geothermal power.
According to the Africa Energy Outlook 2040 by Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), energy demand will grow 8.9% per annum. Also, access to energy is only 39% in Sub-Saharan Africa, suggesting pent-up demand.
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