Power Africa in Niger

 

ENERGY SECTOR OVERVIEW

Niger, per their National Electrification Strategy, envisions reaching 60% access by 2027. However, Niger’s ability to achieve this ambitious goal is constrained by challenges in the power sector. As a result, Niger’s government is working to expand its electricity supply and encourage investment in the energy sector to stimulate the economy. Niger is already taking the necessary steps to improve energy markets by creating, in 2015, a regulatory body ARSE (Autorité de Regulation du Secteur de l’Energie) to increase transparency and fair competition among numerous energy actors. The Government also created ANPER (Agence Nigérienne de Promotion de l’Electrification en milieu Rural), which is mandated with designing, implementing, and monitoring rural electrification programs throughout the country. Other recent reforms include a joint Ministerial order that eliminates taxes on domestic solar energy production kits and wind generation equipment to enable a larger number of households to access electric energy, a new electricity act that will authorize the establishment of IPPs, and ongoing work with consultants and the African Legal Support Facility to bolster the legal and regulatory framework for mini-grids.

GENERATION CAPACITY

  • Installed Capacity: 140 MW
    • Diesel: 43%
    • Coal: 57%
  • Power Africa New MW to date Reached Financial Close: 0

CONNECTIONS

  • Current Access Rate: 15%
    • Rural: 4% Urban: 62%
  • Households without Power: 16 million
  • Target: Universal Access by 2035
  • Power Africa New Off-Grid Connections: 28,000

INVESTMENT AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

Biggest Issues

  1. Technical capacity in the sector
  2. Creditworthiness of utility companies
  3. Security Issues

Power Africa Interventions

  1. Technical assistance for rural electrification
  2. Transaction assistance for off-grid companies
  3. Technical assistance on competitive tenders
  4. Capacity building for local lenders

POWER AFRICA’S ENGAGEMENT IN NIGER

MW GENERATION

Power Africa maintains a regional USAID transaction advisor, based in Dakar, to respond to opportunities in West African countries, including Niger. Technical assistance and capacity building related to competitive tenders, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and local financing also contribute to MW Generation in Niger.

CONNECTIONS

Power Africa is providing support to Niger to increase rural electrification rates, and recently signed a formal letter of cooperation with the rural electrification agency, ANPER, to accelerate energy access in the country. Power Africa is also providing technical assistance in multiple areas including mini-grid development, increased offgrid rural electrification, and off-grid policy and strategy development. Through a USAID regional transaction advisor, Power Africa supports private sector expansion into the Nigerien off-grid market and has facilitated 28,053 solar connections since 2013.

ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

Through the Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR) program, USAID is building the capacity of local lenders in the clean energy sector. The Department of Commerce and USAID have also provided technical assistance to the Government of Niger on competitive tenders. This support seeks to enhance the enabling environment for private sector investment in Niger.

SUCCESS STORY

In the off-grid space, multiple projects have been piloted by private developers who seek to establish and promote off-grid rural electrification. ANPER has an estimated 152 mini-grids projects in the pipeline for 152 villages, and 127 villages will be supplied with individual solar kits per household, amounting to 15,000 households. Two mini-grids have already been constructed with 2nos 40kWp and 1no 28.5kWp. Five villages have also been supplied with solar kits to provide schools, health centers, revenue generating activities, mosques and households with lighting. These achievements are critical investments for impoverished populations in rural Niger, providing essential access to electricity.

FACT SHEET

Last updated: March 28, 2018

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