Gaining access to energy is vital for Africa’s people and national economies so tapping their vast potential for renewables is the obvious solution both for them and the climate. The challenge, as ever, is funding. To solve this, African nations are striking up international partnerships in a bid to unleash the full power of their phenomenal natural assets.
Energy is crucial to lift people out of poverty. The International Energy Agency says the number of people globally without energy fell below 1bn for the first time in 2017 which is great but most of those that still lack access to it – some 600m – are in sub-Saharan Africa.
Editor’s note: In Mike Scott’s article there is an extremely interesting list of the major internationally funded projects going on in Africa with links