The challenge

The biggest economies in Sub-Sahara Africa have well-established industrial sectors. However, most of them face challenges in terms of further growth due to unreliable or expensive grid-supplied electricity.

Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are no exceptions. Expansion of their national industrial sector is hindered by shortage of power, high-energy costs and lack of efficient transmission infrastructure. Accordingly, diesel-powered generators are widely used to back-up the grid or mitigate its fluctuations or as substitutes where there is no grid access. This in turn has a two-fold effect:

(1) it increases the total cost spent on electricity for a firm, thereby
reducing its profit margins and

(2) it generates greenhouse gas emissions that accelerates climate
change and causes pollution and health problems.

Our solution

Raise awareness within public and private stakeholders in understanding best practices & uptake potential

Develop viable business models, financial tools & case studies

Implement one pilot project in each target country along with technical assistance support

The benefits

Captive renewable energy installations alleviate the pressure of electricity generation from national grids and reduce industrial clients’ needs to rely on private supplementary fossil-fueled generators, which are expensive to run.

About us

The Clean Captive Installations for Industrial Clients in Sub-Sahara Africa Project is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme in partnership with the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.