power in africa

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Limited and unreliable energy access is a major impediment for economic growth

To meet its growing demand Africa must mobilize 40 bn USD per annum of investment in its power sector

Need to add around 250 GW of capacity by 2030 to meet demand growth
Double capacity additions to 7 GW p/a now and quadruple by 2030
  • Generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa 48 countries, population 800 million) = capacity of Spain (pop. 45 million)
  • Energy demand in sub-Saharan Africa grew by around 45% from 2000 to 2012 = only 4% of the World total to supply 13% of the global population
  • Africa has around 80GW of installed capacity = less than the capacity installed in China in the last 12 months
  • Average per capita electricity consumption in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) = 153 kWh/year = 25% India = 6% of global average
  • Nearly 600 million people in Africa lack access to electricity.
  • Daily electricity blackouts => rely on expensive diesel power generation = between 1% and 5% of GDP annually