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Appetite for solar power will grow in East Africa

Friday, March 17, 2023


The AMP reflects a renewed focus among donors on ‘distributed energy resources’ (DERs) -- and solar in particular -- as a primary approach for meeting Africa’s energy needs.


  • Refrigeration, including air conditioning, will be one of the main drivers of rising energy demand among East African consumers.
  • Increased uptake of energy-efficient appliances may boost energy access but this may be diluted by dumping of second-hand goods in Africa.
  • Regional governments’ efforts to develop hydrocarbons resources will continue to be frustrated by rising climate activism.

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