INTERSOLAR SOLARIZE AFRICA MARKET REPORT

The report is covering ten key markets on the African continent as well as trends, opportunities and business models. It is also claiming that the continent’s PV market could expand from about 5 GW at present to up to 30 GW by the end of the next decade.

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AFRICA SOLAR IMPACT CASES

The aim of this document is to zoom in on individual solar projects and cases, highlighting the involvement of the different types of actors in the creation of resounding impact on local communities and individuals. To go beyond the numbers and – through the stories and experiences of lesser-heard voices – showcase the significance of solar energy development. To do that, we have selected a small number of cases across the three segments to paint a human picture of the evolving solar energy markets of Africa.

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OPTIMIZING COSTS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE MINING INDUSTRY

The report shows that there is considerable cost reduction potential that comes from a variety of different factors. The following graph gives an overview of the main factors that contribute to optimizing costs for hybrid power plants and that enable IPPs to offer the best price PPAs to mining companies.

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ENABLING PV IN NIGERIA

In this study the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) in cooperation with eclareon GmbH, the GOPA-International Energy Consultants GmbH (GOPA Intec), and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria), analyse and describe the process of investment and project development of PV power plants in Nigeria. This includes the description of the legal and administrative framework and of import, trade and investment conditions, as well as the presentation of selected business cases.

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2018 OFF-GRID SOLAR MARKET TRENDS REPORT

In 2017, the global off-grid solar (OGS) sector is providing improved electricity access to an estimated 73 million households, or over 360 million people, thus transforming lives that were previously reliant on kerosene and solid fuels for most of their lighting needs.
This market has evolved and expanded substantially since 2010, when IFC released its first off-grid lighting report.
At that stage this was a market marked by low awareness, a single category of lighting-oriented products, and a limited geographical presence (mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and India).

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SOLAR PV IN AFRICA: COST AND MARKET

Africa has abundant renewable energy resources. Traditionally reliant on hydropower, the continent is turning to solar photovoltaics (PV) to bolster energy security and support rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner. With recent substantial cost reductions, solar PV offers a rapid, cost-effective way to provide utility-scale electricity for the grid and modern energy services to the approximately 600 million Africans who lack electricity access.

According to this report, installed costs for power generated by utility-scale solar PV projects in Africa have decreased as much as 61 per cent since 2012 to as low as USD 1.30 per watt in Africa, compared to the global average of USD 1.80 per watt. The report shows that mini-grids utilising solar PV and off-grid solar home systems also provide higher quality energy services at the same or lower costs than the alternatives. Stand-alone solar PV mini-grids have installed costs in Africa as low as USD 1.90 per watt for systems larger than 200 kilowatt. Solar home systems provide the annual electricity needs of off-grid households for as little as USD 56 per year, less than the average price for poor quality energy services.

IRENA estimates that with the right enabling policies, Africa could be home to more than 70 gigawatts of solar PV capacity by 2030. The report discusses challenges in policy making and proposes a co-ordinated effort to collect data on the installed costs of solar PV in Africa, across all market segments. Such information will improve the efficiency of policy support and accelerate deployment.

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FACTS & FIGURES: SOLAR ENERGY 2017

Africa is quickly becoming one of the most significant regions in the global expansion of the solar PV industry. The high levels of solar irradiation, extreme (and growing) energy demand, an increasing amount of renewable energy related commitments by governments in the region, and the lack of reliable energy infrastructure are just some of the factors that are sparking growing interest from local businesses and international stakeholders alike.

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the key facts and figures related to some of the most prominently developing solar markets on the continent, serving as well as a prelude to the Unlocking Solar Capital: Africa conference Solarplaza will be organizing together with GOGLA, on 25 and 26 October 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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POWER AFRICA USAID ANNUAL REPORT 2017

Since 2014, Power Africa has supported 117 transactions that have reached financial close. Those 117 transactions will generate over 9,500 megawatts (MW) of new, more reliable electricity. More than 57 million people in sub-Saharan Africa now have access to electricity that did not prior to 2014, thanks to the 12.5 million new home and business connections facilitated by Power Africa support.

The Power Africa 2018 Annual Report also looks to the future, and explains how Power Africa will continue to add generation capacity and connections, but will further look to enhance transmission and distribution resources, improving government capacities to manage their power sectors, and leveling the playing field for competitive investment.

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GLOBAL OFF-GRID SOLAR MARKET REPORT H2 2017 (SALES AND IMPACT DATA)

This GOGLA and The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global report includes sales and impact data from 67 off-grid solar companies covering the period of July to December 2017.

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