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Renewable energy in Africa

By Beatrice Nyabira and Christine Murangi

Renewable energy is providing millions of people in Africa with access to electricity for the first time.  Per capita consumption of electricity in sub- Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) is 180 kWh, compared to 13,000 kWh per capita in the United States and 6,500 kWh in Europe.

Activity in the sector has grown rapidly with various countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Zambiaadding hundreds of MW of increased production.

In Kenya, the Government aims to achieve universal access by 2020 through geothermal, hydro, wind and solar projects using a combination of grid extension, mini-grid and off-grid solutions.

In its first edition of ‘Renewable Energy in Africa Guide,’DLA Piper looks at 12 African countries, summarising the regulatory environment and market conditions in each country. It also highlights the key policy objectives for national governments and provides high level insight into the projects which are expected to deliver these goals.  IKM’s Beatrice Nyabira and Christine Murangi have authored the Kenyan Chapter which is on pages 50-62 of the Guide.

Click below for a copy of the Guide.