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The Value of Grid-Scale Variable Renewable Energy Generation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Published on 1 June 2017

Securing a sufficient supply of reliable and affordable electricity is a huge challenge for countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Many countries in the region are experiencing rapid increases in the size of their populations, and even more rapid growth in their economies. As a result, the region experienced a 45 per cent increase in annual energy consumption between the years 2000-2014, with the growth in some countries much higher.

This article surveys the most relevant research, policies and sources of data relevant to generation adequacy assessment in two example SSA countries: Kenya and Ghana. It also includes an exploratory analysis of the temporal relationships between the hydro resource, wind resource and power demand in Kenya, with an emphasis on assessing the impact of limited data availability.

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authors
Edwards, G., Dent. C and Wade, N.
language
English

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Research themes
Sustainability
Region
Ghana Kenya

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