Renewable energy auctions:
Cases from sub-Saharan Africa

Auctions can help countries across sub-Saharan Africa achieve record-low prices for solar and wind power. Five countries have run renewable energy auctions, while at least 15 more are developing such programmes.

  • April 2018
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  • Policy, Finance & Investment
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  • English
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  • South Africa, Uganda

Bioenergy from Degraded Land in Africa

This study presents a methodology to estimate the sustainable energy potential from land restoration in line with the Bonn Challenge, particularly as it relates to African countries.

  • December 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English
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  • Rwanda, Kenya

Biofuels potential in Sub-Saharan Africa

Biofuel potential in Sub-Saharan Africa: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues

This report offers detailed estimates of the biomass resource potential in Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. With conversion to advanced liquid biofuels, sustainable biomass feedstock could potentially meet or exceed the five countries’ combined fuel needs for transport in 2050, according IRENA estimates. 

  • November 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Transport
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  • English
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  • Ghana, Mozambique

Renewables Readiness Assessment: United Republic of Tanzania

This report advises the country’s energy planners to explore different renewable energy policy assumptions and investment scenarios, taking into account the latest studies on resource potential and technology costs.

  • May 2017
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  • English
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  • Tanzania

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017

This report presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million people around the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over 2015. 

  • May 2017
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  • Benefits, Policy
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  • English

Investment Opportunities in West Africa (Global Atlas)

This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in West Africa, for both grid connected and off-grid systems.

  • December 2016
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  • English

Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production

This field guide presents various methodologies for estimating biogas capacity, production and consumption. Such information can be integrated into national censuses, household surveys and energy surveys.

  • December 2016
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  • Statistics
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  • English

A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands, 3rd Edition

This report highlights the role of islands in global efforts against climate change. It highlights transitions to renewables in the power, including planning and implementation, enabling business models and transition tools.

  • November 2016
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  • English

The UMEME Framework for NDC Implementation: Advancing renewable energy in Africa together with national climate plans

The historic Paris climate agreement, adopted by countries around the world in December 2015, aims to the rise of global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius. Renewable energy will play a key role in this effort, which encompasses developing as well as developed countries, by increasing the supply of cheap and accessible energy in a less carbon-intensive manner.

  • November 2016
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  • Climate Change
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  • English

Bioethanol in Africa: A Case for Technology Transfer and South-South Cooperation

Sustainable biofuels have an important role to play in Africa’s development. Sugarcane bioethanol is currently the most cost-effective commercial biofuel and has the highest energy balance.

  • October 2016
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  • English