Introduction to the Topical Collection on Regional Renewable Energy - Africa

Nathan Lee, Douglas Arent

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The investments in and provision of power across the African continent are undergoing dramatic transitions brought on by unprecedented technological advances, falling generation costs, and utility business model changes. This transition, now at various stages across the diverse continent, will employ novel approaches and recognize a diverse group of energy users and decision makers - powering development with the region's abundant supply of renewable energy resources. Policymakers, planners, and the private sector in Africa, like those around the globe, are employing new approaches to take advantage of economically attractive renewable energy generation, ranging from innovations in distributed systems enabling higher penetrations of renewable energy, micro- and mini-grids powered entirely by solar photovoltaics and storage for energy access, to large-scale renewable power generation and grid and market integration.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-7A40-72766


  • Africa
  • capacity expansion
  • developing countries
  • distributed generation
  • electricity access
  • electrification
  • energy access
  • energy-water nexus
  • entrepreneurship
  • gender equity
  • gender mainstreaming
  • hydropower
  • micro-grid
  • off-grid
  • planning tools
  • renewable Energy
  • resilience
  • rural electrification
  • solar
  • solar PV
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • tariff
  • wind


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