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"I believe the purpose of development should be to build capacity and to help other countries actually stand on their own feet… Instead of perpetual aid, development has to fuel investment and economic growth so that assistance is no longer necessary."- President Barack Obama
Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia have all set ambitious goals for electric power generation and have agreed to important utility and energy sector reforms as part of Power Africa.
Power Africa also works closely with the African Development Bank, which participates through its Sustainable Energy for Africa (SEFA) fund and through its added support for partial risk guarantees.
In Ethiopia, 23% of the population has access to electricity, 5.3% of net energy used is imported, and the country has 1,961 MW installed generation capacity
In Ghana, 72% of the population has access to electricity, 27.8% net energy used is imported, and the country has 2,450 MW installed generation capacity
In Kenya, 18.1% of the population has access to electricity, there are 6 current independent power projects, 19.3% net energy used is imported, and the country has 1,700 MW installed generation capacity
In Liberia, no data is available on access to electricity or energy imports, and the country has 197 MW installed generation capacity.
In Nigeria, 40-51% of the population has access to electricity, 128.5% of net energy used is exported, and the country has 6,000 MW installed generation capacity
In Tanzania, 18% of the population has access to electricity, 13.9% of net energy is imported, and the country has 1,501 MW total installed generation capacity.
Sources: World Bank Data Bank, World Development Indicators & CIA World Factbook.
Kenya Aeolus Wind — 60 MW: The Government of Kenya, project financiers, and Aeolus Kenya Ltd. are closing agreements for the funding and construction of the Kinangop Wind Park. Power Africa also supports the implementation of a grid management program to assist Kenya in managing integration of intermittent renewable energy.
Nigeria Power Privatization — 2,000 MW: Fifteen companies will purchase the assets of ten electricity distribution units and five power generation units during the initial phase of privatizing the Power Holding Company of Nigeria. Power Africa is supporting these companies’ efforts to improve operations and maintenance and obtain additional investment, which is projected to result in a 2,000 MW increase of power generation by 2018.
Ethiopia Corbetti Geothermal — Up to 1,000 MW: The Government of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation entered into a project agreement with Reykjavik Geothermal to establish the Corbetti Geothermal Power Plant — the first independent power project in Ethiopia’s history. Power Africa will provide transactional and technical advice to move the Corbetti project forward.
Tanzania Kiwira River Hydro Project — 10 MW: Power Africa approved a loan guarantee for the Kiwira River Hydro Project in Tanzania’s agricultural corridor. This guarantee will facilitate local commercial finance for the mini-grid project.
Last updated: September 23, 2014