Africa has a wealth of renewable energy resources which, with the correct investment, could position it as a worldwide leader in the energy revolution. Morocco’s huge solar potential, the Congo’s hydropower potential, and South Africa’s modernized regulatory structure both incentivizes and pushes renewable energy uptake all to reflect emerging green energy markets. The African continent is seeing a growth in renewable energy developments as the continent moves into the post-COVID-19 age and global investors focus their attention on clean energy projects. Several large-scale projects have already come online or been launched in 2021, solidifying Africa’s status as a renewable energy contender.
GREEN HYDROGEN PROJECT IN NAMIBIA – 5GW
HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy has been chosen by the Namibian government as the winning tenderer for the country’s first large-scale green hydrogen venture. The $9.4 billion projects, which will be built and operated by HYPHEN and will be located in the Tsau/Khaeb National Park, would help establish Namibia as the green hydrogen economy. The project’s first phase, which is planned to begin production in 2026, will generate 2GW of the renewable electricity, with further expansion phases raising capacity to 5GW.
600MW CHOLLET HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION
The Congo and Cameroon inked a concession deal with the China Gezhouba Group Company to build a $700 million hydroelectric project on the Dja River on April 12, 2021. The project, which has a production capacity of about 600MW and is anticipated to be completed in 2025, will allow the Congo and Cameroon to produce much-needed electricity.
SOLAR PLANTS IN THE DRC – 200MW
The state-owned electricity company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, SNEL, has inked power purchase agreements (PPAs) for two solar facilities in the country’s copper belt region. The two solar facilities, which will be built near the towns of Likasi and Kolwezi and have a combined capacity of 100MW, would cost $157 million and $148 million, respectively.
SOLAR POWER PLANT MOGALAKWENA – 100MW
The Pele Green Energy – EDF Renewables collaboration has been chosen as the best bidder to build a 100MW solar photovoltaic system at South Africa’s Mogalakwena mine. The solar project, which is part of Anglo-American Platinum’s broader aim to incorporate renewable energy with its own mining operations, will help the mine achieve carbon neutrality while improving operating efficiency.
100MW SOLAR PROJECT SHUMBA ENERGY
Shumba Energy has received $950,000 in financial commitments for its $80 million, 100MW solar plant in Botswana. The project, which is projected to be fully funded by Q2 2022, will be Botswana’s largest. The initiative is a key step forward in the company’s transition to the renewable energy sources as it moves away from fossil fuels.
GHANA’S SOLAR PLANTS: 10MW – 100MW.
The Ghanaian government and the Bui Power Authority have revealed plans to build eight solar facilities in the country. The facilities will be connected to the National Interconnected Transmission System and have capacities which range from 10MW to about 100MW each. Plant capacity will be determined by the size and requirements offered by investors, with site selection likely to begin in Q1 2022.