Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A collection of good practices

This collection aims to provide a reference for policy makers and practitioners working to scale up bioenergy in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Energy, agriculture, forestry, environment, finance and business experts all seek for solutions to provide energy and also enhance food security, social welfare and environmental sustainability.

  • January 2019
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  • Benefits, Off-grid for Energy Access
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  • English

Planning and prospects for renewable power: West Africa

Low-cost renewable energy, especially from solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, has become an increasingly important part of West Africa’s electricity supply. This report outlines three broad scenarios for the growth of renewables in the region’s power systems, particularly in relation to key national and regional targets.

  • November 2018
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  • Power
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  • English, French
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  • Benin, Cote D'Ivoire

Planification et perspectives pour les énergies renouvelables: Afrique de l’Ouest

Les énergies renouvelables à faible coût jouent un rôle de plus en plus important dans l’offre d’électricité en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce rapport présente trois grands scénarios pour la croissance des énergies renouvelables dans les systèmes d’énergie de la région,...

  • November 2018
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  • Power
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  • French, English

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