Pace of African power generation expansion slows in Q1 2019


The first quarter of 2019 saw a net addition of 1,097MW of on-grid capacity in Africa, the lowest increase – calculated on an annualised basis – since 2011, according to figures produced by African Energy Live Data.

Against this overall slowing of expansion,  556MW of on-grid solar capacity was added in Q1 2019, almost double the closest annualised equivalent, in 2014, when a large number of new solar plants came online in South Africa, resulting in average additions of 233MW/quarter of solar power.

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(a full analysis was published in issue 396 of African Energy)

The slowdown comes as attention shifts to transmission and distribution and major procurement programmes wind down. These issues will be examined in detail at African Energy’s sixth annual AIX: Power and Renewables meeting in London on 13-14 November.

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Held under the Chatham House Rule, AIX: Power & Renewables has become one of the meeting places of choice for Africa’s power sector stakeholders, including leading private and public sector investors, African officials and project developers.

Co-produced by African Energy, participants at the meeting benefit from exclusive power sector data and analysis based on African Energy Live Data – our unique platform featuring detailed entries for more than 5,800 power generation plants and projects across the continent.