December 6

IRENA Report: Renewable Energy Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa Was 30% As of 2021

By Omono Okonkwo

Renewable energy capacity as of 2021 was 30%.

This is according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This was stated in the agency’s renewable energy targets report released in November 2022.

According to the report, the world has already achieved 57% of its targeted capacity for 2030. In fact, most regions are above the halfway mark to achieving their targets. However, sub-Saharan Africa is at 30%. The report states:

  • “To meet the targets set by 2030, totalling 5.4 TW, countries would be targeting an additional 2.3 TW by 2030, equivalent to average yearly additions of 259 gigawatts (GW) over the next nine years.”

However, the average yearly additions of 259 GW targeted until 2030 are less than a third of the annual capacity of 860 GW that needs to be added to meet the 1.5°C scenarios.

Photo courtesy of World Bank Photo Collection.

Source: Nairametrics (link opens in a new window)

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