Renewable energy could supply nearly a quarter of Africa's power needs by 2030

Renewable energy sources could supply nearly a quarter of Africa’s power needs by 2030, more than four times the current levels, according to a report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

In 2013, renewables accounted for five per cent of the continent’s needs but this figure could reach 22 per cent over the next 15 years, IRENA said in its Africa 2030 report, which sets out a “roadmap” for the transition to clean power.

IRENA says Africa’s energy production must double and its electricity production triple to keep up with the pace of development and meet demand. The continent’s economic growth is picking up speed but energy shortages are a problem.

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