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Most Attractive Solar Markets in Africa

The Most Attractive Solar Markets in Africa provides a comparative framework for analysing the potential and relative attractiveness of national-level solar markets in Africa and for assessing macro conditions, access to market, national energy policy, growth potential of renewable power and infrastructure considerations.

Based on a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative model with over 19,000 data points across 214 geographic entities, the factsheets help identify the opportunities for and the risks to solar investments on a regional and individual country basis and provide a platform for considering options with a common set of criteria.

In 2012, total installed solar power capacity across Africa reached 73.0 MW from 3 countries, representing 0.07% of total World installed solar capacity. The largest solar market was South Africa with 70.0 MW or 95.89% of total regional solar capacity.

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The top 3 markets for installed solar capacity in Africa were South Africa, Senegal and Eritrea. Their combined installed capacity represented 0.1% of total (conventional + renewable) installed capacity and 0.2% of renewable (biomass + geothermal + hydro + solar + wind) capacity.

The forecast for total installed solar capacity in Africa in 2017 is 3,536 MW with solar expected to be the second largest renewable sector regionally.

"Most Attractive Solar Markets in Africa" provides a detailed analysis of solar power capacity and the generation of electricity from solar in Eritrea, Senegal and South Africa, using the latest available data. Coverage includes installed and added volumes; shares of total, renewable and non-hydro renewable power sources; growth rates against other renewable power sectors and forecasts to 2017. All from a national, regional and global perspective with comparisons to other leading markets regionally and worldwide.

The factsheets also provide country level data and regional / World comparisons for 102 different Market and Business Attractiveness variables split amongst 16 categories. Market Attractiveness considers the relative merits of the renewable and solar sectors in the top markets in Africa based on power capacity and generation trends and specific solar related variables. Business Attractiveness considers how safe, easy and practical it is to invest in the power market of Africa by considering macro-economic, access to market and operating environment issues.

Part of the renewablefacts.com factsheet series, this report can be reviewed against others in the series to compare sector and country performance and put trends into global perspective. The factsheets are packed with detailed analysis, charts and tables incorporating the latest available data on capacity and generation trends at the national level. Data coverage is from 1992 with outlooks through to 2017. Comparative publications are also available for biomass and waste energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity and wind power.

For more information and to purchase the report

Factsheet  Most Attractive Solar Markets in Africa.

ABOUT ATTRACTIVENESS

The relative attractiveness of a country is considered from both the perspective of trends in a country's power markets (Market Attractiveness) and the investment environment (Business Attractiveness).

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Market Attractiveness considers the relative merits of the renewable and solar sectors in the top markets in Africa based on power capacity and generation trends and specific solar related variables.

Business Attractiveness considers how safe, easy and practical it is to invest in the power market of Africa by considering macro-economic, access to market and operating environment issues.

Countries are scored relative to other countries in the same region and across the World. The factsheets include comparisons with other countries and regions on a variety of variables.

REGIONAL SUMMARY

A snapshot view of relative solar market and business attractiveness for countries within Africa

  • A snapshot view of category scores for the most attractive solar markets in Africa
  • Analysis of installed and added capacity, last 10 years, for Africa
  • Indexed comparison of installed capacity trends by country within Africa
  • Analysis of installed and added capacity and share of World/Region total, by country, latest year.
  • Africa as a percent of total World solar capacity
  • Relevance of solar to the total power mix in Africa
  • Relevance of solar to the renewable power mix in Africa
  • Short and long term solar capacity growth rates by country in Africa
  • Outlook for solar capacity in Africa
  • Solar power dataset, 1992 - 2017
  • Policy landscape, summary by country, covering Regulatory Policies and Incentives, Fiscal Incentives and Public Financing

 

INDIVIDUAL COUNTRY FACTSHEETS

For each of Eritrea, Senegal and South Africa

SUMMARY

  • A snapshot view of relative attractiveness vs top 10 countries within Africa and the World
  • A snapshot view of category scores, compared to regional and World ranges

 

SOLAR MARKET ATTRACTIVENESS

  • Solar Market Attractiveness scores by variable, compared to regional and World ranges within each of the Total Power, Renewables, Solar and Network categories
  • Analysis of installed and added capacity, last 10 years
  • Relevance of solar to the total power mix
  • Relevance of solar to the renewable power mix
  • Short and long term solar capacity growth rates by renewables sector
  • % share of World installed and added capacity
  • % share of Regional installed and added capacity
  • Short and long term solar capacity growth comparison with top solar markets in Africa and the World
  • Outlook for solar - installed and added capacity, share of total / renewable capacity
  • Power generated from solar sources
  • Solar power dataset, 1992 - 2017
  • Distribution losses and electricity trade balance
  • Policy landscape, summary by country, covering Regulatory Policies and Incentives, Fiscal Incentives and Public Financing

 

BUSINESS ATTRACTIVENESS

Business Attractiveness scores by variable, compared to regional and World ranges within each of the Security, Social, Technological, Economic, Political, Trade, Barriers to Trade, Legislative, Policy, Incentives, Operations and Financing categories.

GLOSSARY & ABBREVIATIONS

 

KEY DATA POINTS

  • installed capacity (total, per capita, per GDP, per sq km)
  • added capacity
  • net generation
  • % of total capacity
  • % of renewable capacity
  • % of non-hydro renewable capacity
  • % net generation
  • 1 year growth rates %
  • 5 year compound annual growth rates %
  • capacity : generation ratios
  • capacity factors
  • policy landscape covering Regulatory Policies and Incentives, Fiscal Incentives and Public Financing
  • 102 Market and Business Attractiveness variables covering 16 categories : Total Power, Renewables, Solar Market, Network, Security, Social, Technological, Economic, Political, Trade, Barriers to Trade, Legislative, Policy, Incentives, Operations and Financing.

For more information and to purchase the report

Factsheet  Most Attractive Solar Markets in Africa.

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