U.S. Program Makes First Steps in Expanding Africa’s Power Generation

Aerial view of a 500W solar system in a rural village, Uganda, April 1, 2015 (Photo by Sameer Halai for USAID).
Aerial view of a 500W solar system in a rural village, Uganda, April 1, 2015 (Photo by Sameer Halai for USAID).

Earlier this year, the U.S. Congress passed the Electrify Africa Act, ensuring the continuation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s “Power Africa” initiative, which aims to expand power-generation capabilities across the continent. In an email interview, Ilmi Granoff, a senior research associate at the Overseas Development Institute, discussed the state of Power Africa and power generation in Africa. WPR: Broadly speaking, what are the current power-generation capabilities of sub-Saharan Africa, and where are the biggest shortfalls? Ilmi Granoff: The entire installed capacity of sub-Saharan Africa is about 76 gigawatts (GW). The shortfalls are enormous: South Africa has 48 of those 76 […]

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