Off-Grid Solar Market Assessment DRC - English

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This report by Power Africa provides insights into the opportunities and risks associated with the Democratic Republic of Congo's off-grid solar energy market and gives companies, investors, governments, and other stakeholders a deeper understanding of the market. While there are other market assessments conducted by other stakeholders (i.e. development partners), Power Africa recognizes a gap in the available market assessments. Bridging the gap, this report is characterized by the following:

  • This report provides a comprehensive and detailed review of solar home systems (SHSs), mini-grids, productive use of energy, and other aspects of the off-grid solar value chain. Additionally, this report includes details on policy and regulatory issues, the structure and historical context of the energy sector, and gender mainstreaming.
  • This report draws upon the most up-to-date sales and investment data from GOGLA in order to keep pace with the ever-changing dynamics of the off-grid solar sector. It also includes a geospatial analysis that highlights potential areas for off-grid solar market expansion.
  • Insights in this report help Power Africa Off-grid Project (PAOP) plan and prioritize activities across work streams of policy and regulations, market intelligence, business performance, access to finance, and cross-sectoral integration throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

The report also serves as a baseline for Power Africa’s technical advisors to guide their continuing work and provides a snapshot that can be used to determine growth and changing dynamics of the market over time. Insights provided in this report include characteristics of Democrate Republic of Congo's (DRC) electricity sector, electrification targets, government regulations, donor-funded activities, and details on subsectors of the off-grid solar energy market. Additionally, this report includes expert knowledge from Power Africa lead advisors, information gathered from stakeholder interviews, and data from the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA).

Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC is the fourth most populated country in Africa with an estimated population of 85.8 million people. Approximately 12 million people live in the capital Kinshasa. The remaining population is spread out throughout the country at a low density of 38 people per square kilometer. The growth rate of its population is three percent per year. Currently, more than 40 percent of the population lives in urban areas. Despite a recent period of economic growth, including growth within the energy sector, DRC is still one of the poorest and least developed countries in Africa and has active conflict zones.

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:30am

Last updated: May 06, 2020