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The rise of African renewable power

South Africa will lead the charge, as Sub-Saharan Africa’s renewable energy sector expands

Energy supplied from renewable sources across Sub-Saharan Africa will soar by nearly 65% between now and 2040, reaching around 585m tonnes of oil equivalent, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The region's power sector will see rapid growth of renewables-based capacity, which will skyrocket from around 20 gigawatts (GW) now to nearly 170GW in 2040. The share of renewables generation capacity in the region's power mix will reach 44% of the total. Across sub-Saharan Africa, installed solar power capacity increased from 40 megawatts (MW) in 2010 to around 280 MW in 2013. There are several grid-connected projects under construction, including the 155MW Nzema plant in Ghana and

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