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        Growing solar in Africa

             ccording to the industry experts, Africa has shown great
             progress in the development of its solar energy markets over
        Athe years. The continent has experienced a growth of over
        1,8 GW of new solar installations, with 1,4 GW coming from
        photovoltaic (PV) installations, which was a significant jump from the
        786 MW which was brought online in 2017.
           In 2016, South Africa had 1329 MW of installed solar power  sustainable, reliable, and efficient as solar.
        capacity and this capacity is expected to reach 8400 MW by 2030.  However, successful implementation of solar is futile without
        Two new solar plants now feeding 132 MW into South Africa’s grid  regional cooperation to enable expediating the process of
        and two utility­scale solar plants in the Northern Cape, Aggeneys  implementing solar under a single framework. As most
        Solar and Konkoonsies II Solar, have commenced commercial  municipalities operate completely independently from one another,
        operations, adding a collective 132 MW to South Africa’s  this consequently implies that they are unable to foresee or
        generation capacity.                                   understand the benefits or the process pertaining to such regional
           Addressing Africa’s large and persistent power deficit is key to  integration initiatives.
        achieving economic and social targets. There is significant potential
        for solar power, both at the utility and off­grid scale, to assist in  ABOUT AFRICA ENERGY INDABA
        reducing this shortfall, says the managing director of Africa Energy  The 13th annual Africa Energy Indaba (1­5 March 2021) will
        Indaba, Liz Hart. This is owing particularly to the given high solar  assemble representatives from development banks, investment funds,
        irradiation in many countries, as well as the declining price of PV  solar developers, IPPs, EPCs and other solar stakeholders to engage in
        equipment in recent years.                             comprehensive dialogues to solve Africa’s solar energy challenges, in
           Governments increasingly see solar power as critical to their  an endeavour to see projects realised.
        electrification objectives. In an endeavour to increase investment on  The virtual conference is sure to enlighten attendees on what
        the continent’s solar front, African ministers are encouraging  African leaders and businesses are doing to enable the supply of
        international investors to participate in solar power purchase  reliable and sustainable energy for the continent. This definitive
        agreements (PPAs) and empowering them to own and operate solar  global platform is focused on connecting solar project development
        farms in their own capacity.                           and finance and investment in the four leading solar electrification
           Many African nations have employed solar energy as a solution to  segments (utility­scale, commercial & industrial, mini/microgrids and
        tackling climate change, fostering development and ensuring food  off­grid).                            n
        security. Extensive research from some of the world’s most renowned
        energy experts has revealed that no other energy source, including  Contact Thembisa Bambathi, Africa Energy Indaba,
        hydro and wind, can provide power and have an impact as

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