Africa Clean Energy Corridor Proposed

The creation of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor to boost the deployment of renewable energy and help to meet the rising African energy demand with clean, indigenous, cost-effective power from sources including hydro, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar – was discussed at a meeting convened by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Africa clean energy corridor

Energy ministers and delegates from 19 countries committed to the creation of this ambitious initiative at the meeting and endorsed the Action Agenda on the eve of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly. The Action Agenda includes the identification of renewable power development zones to cluster renewable plants in areas high with renewable resource potential; integrated resource planning to include greater shares of renewable energy in the energy mix; new financing models and investment frameworks; knowledge and capacity building by IRENA; and public information campaigns.

Electricity demand is expected to triple in Southern Africa, and quadruple in Eastern Africa over the next quarter-century. As power demand multiplies, the region’s current dependence on fossil fuels becomes increasingly economically and environmentally unsustainable. A regional approach to developing the vast renewable energy resources will help optimize the energy mix and attract more investment. The Africa Clean Energy Corridor builds on, and adds to, the transmission network laid out in existing programmes for infrastructure development in Africa.  

“The Africa Clean Energy Corridor will provide the continent with the opportunity to leapfrog into a sustainable energy future,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General said at the meeting. “The dynamic development that Africa will see in the next decades needs to extend to the energy sector, and Africa’s abundant renewable energy resources are a perfect match to meet rising demand in a sustainable and cost-effective way – from Cairo to Cape Town.”

“The Africa Clean Energy Corridor helps leverage the tremendous opportunity that renewable energy presents, for the best of the African states and the entire continent,” H.E. Alemayehu Tegenu, Ethiopia Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, said. “The fact that IRENA, with its resources and know-how, is able to facilitate this large-scale, trans-border initiative demonstates the importance of the organisation for Africa and the deployment of renewables.”

4 Responses to “Africa Clean Energy Corridor Proposed”

  1. Klaus Wehrlin January 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    All well – there must be discussion, but
    – so far there seems so little effort put into locally producible energy converters, solar stoves which can be produced at an affordable cost and by the people who need it. Solar water geysers which don’t have to be high tech to produce hot water, and again are simple enough to be manufactured – or at least assembled – in small towns throughout Africa.
    – there was at one time talk that ZA’s ESKOM is looking into power generation from ocean currents, a technology which wouldn’t have to be imported and which would generate power continuously as long as the sun shines on a rotating earth … what happened??

  2. James R Wood January 21, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    With foresight like this Africa can rise to its true potential.

  3. Lawal Gada January 26, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    This will be welcome development for Africa.

  4. Murali February 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    We have developed cost economical solar power conditioning units. Entire design is ours and one which evolved to address power condition in India. We are eager to set up units in South Africa and contribute our bit to harness solar.

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