Renewable Energy Could Meet Almost a Quarter of Africa’s Needs by 2037



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A recent report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that nearly 25% of Africa’s energy requirements could be met by renewable sources within the next 15 years. This marks a significant increase from the current usage of renewables, which stands at five percent as of 2013.

The report outlines a roadmap for the deployment of renewable energy technologies across the continent, emphasizing the potential of hydropower, wind, solar power, and modern biomass systems for cooking. Notably, solar and wind projects in Africa have achieved record-low electricity prices, making them increasingly viable options.

With traditional biomass accounting for half of Africa’s energy consumption, the report suggests that modern biomass-based heat applications could contribute significantly to the renewable energy mix. Efficient biomass stoves are highlighted as a solution to reduce indoor pollution and improve energy efficiency, potentially saving billions of dollars annually by 2030.

To facilitate the adoption of renewables, the report underscores the importance of implementing supportive policy and regulatory frameworks. This includes the establishment of national energy plans and renewables targets, as well as initiatives to promote investment and reduce perceived risks for investors.

Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA, emphasizes that Africa possesses abundant renewable energy resources and that leveraging these can drive economic growth and enhance energy security with minimal environmental impact. He urges African governments to seize this opportunity by creating conducive conditions for the rapid deployment of renewable energy, paving the way for sustainable development across the continent.

Gbenga Samson
Gbenga Samson
Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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