Initiative to Guide Policy on Renewable Energy in Africa Launched

Africa is sleeping giant on renewable energy potential, with only seven percent of its vast geothermal, wind and solar energy potential currently being used.

This is despite a huge percentage of the population (4 out of 5) yet to be connected to a power grid.

It also lags behind the globe when it comes to adoption of renewable energy, despite hosting emmense green energy potential. Enzi Ijayo Africa, a continental think tank on matters green energy has vowed to fill the void by launching the initiative at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit opening today in Nairobi to September 6.

The lobby seeks to foster partnerships and support towards growing investments in green energy solutions that provide a sustainable path towards greening Africa economic development.

According to the Enzi Ijayo Africa Director, Charles Wanguhu the initiative seeks to foster energy transition policies and solutions that are inclusive, equitable, accountable and contribute to socio-economic development in Africa.

READ ALSO: Four key points on the way to the Africa Climate Summit

“Enzi Ijayo Africa will not only conduct action-oriented research on context appropriate policies and community-led solutions for energy transition, but will also convene and work with key actors in the energy eco-system to provide evidence centred solutions and advocate for progressive policy,” he said.

Such solutions, he added, are expected to provide actionable outcomes to push Africa connect her people to the green power grid at the time studies forecasts that just above a half a billion Africans will remain unconnected in 2030.

A survey by Enzi Ijayo has outlined basic challenges hurting the continent’s energy sector, including low access rate, heavy reliance on expensive thermal plants and the region’s vulnerability to fluctuations in global fuel prices, making it susceptible to economic instability.

Africa requires close to $700 billion a year in investment to respond to these challenges, even as countries are simultaneously trying to support rising energy demand, and to do so reliably, affordably, and securely.

To realise this, the Enzi Ijayo insists that the government must set up  an enabling policy environment that promotes renewable energy, investment, and infrastructure development.

“These should include clear targets, financial incentives, and streamlined regulations. Additionally, fostering innovation and supporting research in renewable technologies is crucial,” Wanguhu said.

It adds that Africa can transform its energy utility companies into successful entities by creating separate entities for household, commercial, and industrial power, increasing investments in infrastructure, accessibility, enhancing grid reliability, reducing transmission losses, and investing in smart grid technologies.

READ ALSO: Kenyan Climate Experts and Stakeholders Seek Clarity for Locally-Led Climate Action Program FLOCCA

According to the report, utilizing public-private partnerships and green bonds or blended finance can increase global funds for renewable energy development in Sub-Saharan Africa, unlocking the region’s potential for sustainable energy production and promoting socio-economic advancements.

These measures are likely to see Africa scratch a sizable share of its vast renewable energy potential that is 39 per more than any other continent.

Statistics show that Africa has an almost unlimited potential of solar capacity (10 TW), abundant hydro (350 GW), wind (110 GW), and geothermal energy sources (15 GW).

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that renewable energy capacity in Africa could reach 310 GW by 2030; which would put the continent at the forefront of renewable energy generation globally.

Some countries like Kenya are already ahead of the pack in harnessing renewable energy potential, with 86 percent of its power mix being green.

At the same time, the African Green Minerals Strategy is out for public consultation, validation and input

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Samsung Food: An Ai Powered Personalized Food And Recipe Service

Wed Sep 6 , 2023
Share on Facebook Tweet it Share on Reddit Pin it Share it Email Samsung has announced the launch of Samsung Food, a personalized, AI-powered food and recipe platform. Releasing in eight languages in 104 countries around the world, Samsung Food will offer comprehensive food experiences through more than 160,000 available […]

You May Also Like

Chief Editor

Jacktone Lawi

Meet Jacktone Lawi, a seasoned technology journalist with years of experience in the industry. I have developed my passion for technology during my formative years, which has been instrumental in shaping my career trajectory. My expertise lies in reporting on emerging technologies and their impact on businesses and consumers worldwide. Through my experience I’m well-versed in covering topics such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and digital transformation, among others. Throughout my career, I have has demonstrated an exceptional ability to distill complex technical information into accessible and engaging content that resonates with my readers. My writing style is clear, concise, and informative, allowing me to communicate even the most technical concepts to a broad audience. Beyond my writing skills, I have also become known for extensive network of industry contacts and ability to secure exclusive interviews with high-profile figures in the technology world. These connections have enabled me to gain unique insights into the latest trends and developments in the field, giving me a competitive edge in my reporting. In addition to my work as a journalist, I’m also actively engaged in the broader technology community. Where I regularly attend conferences and events, share insights and stays up-to-date on the latest innovations in the industry. Overall, my wealth of experience as a technology journalist have given me a deep understanding of the industry and its impact on society.

Quick Links