AFSIA has launched »Africa Solar Outlook«
Post date: 15/02/2021 - 11:22
The Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) has launched its first annual Africa Solar Outlook »to help solar professionals keep track and better navigate the fast-evolving solar environment across the continent.« The report presents basic key information about solar energy for more than 50 African countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe. It is reviewing country-by-country total installed PV, current tariffs for grid electricity, electrification rate, policies an regulation regarding like VAT on PV components, net-metering, feed-in-tariffs and developments. The Outlook also goes deeper into some of the main segments which compose the solar industry: large-scale projects, commercial and industrial, mini-grids and solar home systems.
»The solar industry in Africa is truly booming thanks to new and more flexible technologies brought to market, but also thanks to drastic cost reductions of both solar panels and storage solutions,« says John van Zuylen, CEO of AFSIA. »These new and improved technologies now make it possible to enjoy electricity reliably and affordably where it previously simply was not possible.« Solar professionals are in a position »to achieve universal electrification targets across the continent, thereby impacting the living conditions of 600 million people, and boost the continental economy«. To date, close to 700 GW of PV has been installed worldwide. Overall, 37 countries across the world have already installed more than 1 GW of solar. Out of these 37, only 2 African countries are »members« of the »Gigawatt Club«: South Africa (2.5 GW) and Egypt (1.6 GW).
AFSIA promotes solar power in the African region from large scale grid-connected projects to off-grid solar home systems, through hybrid systems including diesel and storage to solar water pumping, solar stoves or solar water heaters. The association is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda.
The report » Africa Solar Outlook 2021« is available free of charge as PDF (85 pages) at AFSIA's website »www.afsiasolar.com« (data center / reports)