The technical assistance launched in 2017 and managed by AFD has made it possible to fund 38 studies and technical assistance activities for a total cost of €10.8 million. Some 15 of those studies and technical assistance programs have now been completed, and the remainder are still underway. In more than 20 African countries, this groundwork promotes investment in renewable energy and helps guide regulatory frameworks to adapt, wherever necessary.
The completed studies and technical assistance actions have in turn helped mobilize €1 billion in financing for renewable energy projects, representing a capacity of approximately 550 MW.
ARE Scale-up support helped the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) to conduct studies that determine technical specifications, and to prepare tender documents for the various components of the project. This support was supplemented by the development and implementation of a geographic information system by STEG and an integrated software package for customer management.
- Mauritania, RIMDIR project - Reinforcing access to electricity in rural areas through mini-grids
ARE Scale-up support to the RIMDIR project enabled in-depth studies to confirm the relevance and scope of the technical solution chosen for each town under consideration. The financial feasibility of each project was also reviewed and confirmed, with special attention paid to the poorest households.
ARE Scale-up support made it possible to conduct a feasibility study on an initial project of the country’s Solar Plan: the construction of four photovoltaic plants connected to the national grid.
ARE Scale-up support helped the local public electricity company, EDM, in developing the 2020-2025 national renewable energy strategy. Its guidelines are enabling EDM to respond to the rapid growth in demand and to develop operational plans to develop renewable energy resources in Mozambique.
The challenges of achieving universal electrification: This study analyzes the success factors and obstacles of programs to deploy electricity-access solutions in six African countries (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal) and Cambodia. It focuses on institutional and regulatory strategies; pricing policies; technical and economic aspects; and environmental, societal, and governance issues.
This study provides an overview of national off-grid electrification strategies, focusing mainly on two types of schemes: mini-grids and individual solar kits. It also makes recommendations based on the far-reaching goal of universal access to electricity by 2030, as set out by Sustainable Development Goal 7, which seeks to guarantee access to reliable, sustainable, modern, and affordable energy services for all.