ECOWAS To Enhance Electricity Access By 35% Through Renewables

ECOWAS To Enhance Electricity Access By 35% Through Renewables

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency has reaffirmed its commitment to increase household access to electricity in the sub-region by 35 per cent through renewable energy sources by 2020, The Punch reports.

The International Energy Agency estimates that in order to achieve universal electricity access, mini-grids will have to provide around 40 per cent of new capacity by 2030 with the largest percentage needed in Sub-Sharan Africa. The centre noted that at the moment, household energy access to electricity in the ECOWAS sub-region was below 50 per cent, which was among the lowest globally. The Executive Director, Mr Mahama Kappiah, made this known at a regional training for 17 renewable energy experts from English-speaking member states of the sub-region in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the regional policies developed by ECREEE were aimed at increasing renewable energy access to 35 per cent by 2020 and 48 per cent by 2030. Kappiah said that the policies were adopted by the Heads of State and member states were engaged to develop national action plans. Mr Guevera Yao, Coordinator, ECOWAS Community Development Programme, said accessing finances from the banks was a major challenge faced by entrepreneurs. Yao said that the training would assist participants to develop “bankable” projects.

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