Solar PV’s growing importance to Africa’s C&I sector


Solar project, Botswana

Solar photovoltaic (PV) generation is rapidly growing as a source for Africa’s C&I sector, according to trends identified by African Energy Live Data.

26 September 2022

Analysis of Africa-wide C&I generation projects and plants listed on African Energy Live Data shows that traditional technologies of liquid fuels, natural gas and biomass accounted for an average of 88% of all off-grid and embedded capacity added from 2010-15. However, from 2018 to 2021 solar PV averaged 30% of new off-grid and embedded capacity added in each year.

In 2021, more solar capacity was added to the C&I mix than any other technology, accounting for 40% of the total.

To assist companies operating in the C&I sector, African Energy’s consultancy team has undertaken in-depth research of key markets across Africa, including Nigeria and South Africa, looking at routes to market, policy direction, sector regulation and requirements, tariffs, financing and corporate PPAs.

Drop me an email to discuss out how we can help your business.

Ajay Ubhi

Head of data

Ajay’s role is to conduct and oversee research and analysis for African Energy’s consultancy work, with a focus on power sector forecasting and data analytics. Read more

Ajay Ubhi

Consultancy contacts

John Hamilton
Managing director and senior analyst, North Africa

Ajay Ubhi
Head of data

Marc Howard
Senior research analyst

Tel: +44 (0)1424 721667

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