South Africa and Kenya are at the forefront of non-hydropower renewable energy expansion in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, while Zambia shows potential as a key market to watch due to its focus on solar power development.
According to BMI’s report, South Africa’s renewable energy sector continues to lead the region, with projections indicating that it will account for 68% of the total renewable capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2023. The country’s supportive environment for private sector investments has played a crucial role in its renewable energy growth.
In Kenya, non-hydropower renewable sources will contribute up to 95% of the country’s increased power capacity over the next decade. With geothermal energy leading the way, accounting for over 70% of annual electricity generation, Kenya is demonstrating its commitment to sustainable energy solutions.
The report also noted that Zambia is emerging as a promising market for solar power development. The government recognises the need to diversify its electricity production sources, particularly due to the country’s high dependence on hydropower, which leaves it vulnerable to electricity shortages during the dry season. The focus on solar power aims to mitigate these challenges and ensure a more reliable and sustainable energy supply.
These developments highlight the growing significance of non-hydropower renewables in Sub-Saharan Africa and the region’s efforts to reduce its reliance on traditional energy sources. As South Africa and Kenya lead the way, Zambia’s pursuit of solar power signals a promising future for renewable energy in the region.