The amount of power generated by solar technologies in Africa in 2020 will be approximately one hundred times more what it was in 2010. However, despite the massive expansion of renewable energy across the continent, liquid fuel-fired generation capacity is expected to have also increased by as much as 82% over the same period.  

These insights and thousands of other data points describing the rapidly evolving structure of Africa’s power generation capacity will be published for the first time in mid-November in African Energy’s ground-breaking data handbook. 

The African Energy Data Book has been designed to support industry professionals with comprehensive statistics on the energy mix in every country and region on the continent. The book will complement the established and hugely popular African Energy Atlas to ensure that up-to-date and reliable information is always at hand. 

The statistics are built out of the giant database underpinning the African Energy Live Data platform, which contains more than 5,500 project records individually curated and updated by the African Energy team. Avoiding opaque forecasting and projections, the data is instead derived from an analysis of timelines for every project in the pipeline. Each figure can be traced back to real developments on the ground and not a generalised algorithm or hypothetical policy.  

Included in the Data Book will be the African Energy Live Data scorecard, which assesses the continental energy sector as a whole on a range of indicators, as well as country-by-country energy mixes 2010-2021 with the largest operating plants and a glimpse of the project pipeline, fuel-by-fuel capacity figures 2010-2021, trends in power purchase agreements since 2010, energy access estimates and more.

“We at African Energy have spent a huge amount of time, effort and resources in gathering and checking the underlying data and assembling it in the most useful format for industry participants.  We know they will be as excited as we are to explore the results, and the extra clarity they bring to often opaque markets,” said African Energy Live Data director John Hamilton.

The African Energy Data Book will be launched at the fifth annual African Investment Exchange: Power and Renewables meeting in London on 14 November.


About African Energy

Now in its 21st year, African Energy’s subscription-based newsletter helps keep senior energy executives up to date with what is happening across the continent, including news and analysis of market developments, project awards and the political and governance issues that impact on the business environment.  


About African Energy Live Data

Data collection and analysis has been central to African Energy's work since it was established in 1998. In September 2017 we launched African Energy Live Data, an innovative and interactive data platform that is changing the way investors and developers identify power plants and analyse markets across the continent. 

The product of more than 20 years of research, knowledge and expertise by our African energy sector experts, Live Data will help keep you up to date with the crucial data you need to consider at every point of the investment and development process.

Alongside constantly monitored project level detail on more than 5,500 operating, under-construction and pipeline electricity generation projects, Live Data subscriptions include access to the Data Tool – a full suite of analytical tools to analyse electricity sector vital statistics and demographics alongside the project pipeline, including past, current and future electricity generating capacity by ownership, connection and fuel type.


Further information

For more information about the African Energy Data Book – including sponorship options – or African Energy Live Data please contact:

John Hamilton,

For more information about the African Investment Exchange: Power and Renewables meeting, please contact:


Tel:+44 (0)1424 721667