Utility-scale solar power has arrived in sub-Saharan Africa

Today’s New York Times reports that Zambia is suffering major electricity shortages because there is reduced water in its main hydroelectric dam. Climate change is identified as the cause.

Fortunately, the International Finance Corporation, a part of the World Bank, has a program called the Scaling Solar initiative for Africa.

In Zambia, the IFC will set up 600 MW solar power capacity to overcome the 560 MW power deficit Zambia is facing.

In Nigeria, two private companies are planning a 50 MW solar plant.

In Rwanda, there is a 8.5 MW solar power project. It is the first such project in East Africa.

South Africa already has a 75 MW utility scale solar project.

This is just the beginning of utility-scale solar power generation in sub-Saharan Africa.


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