Clean Power World Future Council "Powering Africa Through Feed-In Tariffs"

Published on March 26th, 2013 | by Tim Tyler


World Future Council “Powering Africa Through Feed-In Tariffs”

March 26th, 2013 by  

A new study produced by the World Future Council and the Heinrich Böll Foundation (both located in Germany) suggests that using feed-in tariffs could be the best way to develop and promote renewable energy in countries across Africa.

The report, “Powering Africa Through Feed-In Tariffs,” examined 13 African nations. In the report, such things as their socio-economic impacts and prerequisites for successful implementation were considered.

One of the key findings in the report was that feed-in tariffs (FIT) policies, when designed for local conditions, had an overall increase in energy production and helped contribute to community empowerment.

World Future Council "Powering Africa Through Feed-In Tariffs"

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Some of the highlights from the report, picked out by SolarServer Magazine;

“Several African countries have already opened up their electricity market to independent renewable energy power producers,” stated World Future Council Africa Office Director Ansgar Kiene.

“However, these countries have even more potential for local economic development if their policies are amended, by including a more streamlined and transparent administrative process and a lower entry threshold.”

Feed-in tariffs are a growing incentive for renewables globally. The World Future Council believes that 64% of global wind capacity and 87% of global solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity can be attributed to FIT policies.

Currently, there are 65 nations participating in some form of feed-in tariff. In Africa, the nations of Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda all have some form of FIT in place.

There will be several policy briefings by the World Future Council for stakeholders across Africa, due to the report’s findings, which should be an encouragement for all of those involved in helping Africa develop its renewable energy sector.

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  • Mike MacLean

    Africa would, indeed, benefit from the implementation of this globally proven policy. CLEAN Programs, essentially feed-in tariffs with streamlined procurement and interconnection procedures, are without question the most efficient policy mechanism in the world for quickly bringing cost-effective renewable energy online.

    CLEAN Programs accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies by encouraging broad participation in the energy sector and incentivizing innovation, competition, and entrepreneurship. Local businesses, residents, and organizations can be energy producers, not just consumers, by building renewable energy projects on rooftops and parking lots. CLEAN Programs achieve significant levels of renewable energy because they deliver simplicity, transparency, and certainty for property owners, renewable energy developers and investors, ratepayers, policymakers, and utilities. This streamlines connecting distributed energy projects to the grid and guarantees that locally-produced energy will be bought by the local utility at a fixed price for a long duration.

    Africa would benefit significantly from this market-based approach. Most importantly, a Program would benefit consumers and communities in Africa by reducing the need for expensive transmission upgrades, increasing local economic benefits (including job creation, financial circulation and investment), enhancing grid resilience, and fostering environmental sustainability.

  • David Zarembka

    I hope you are not like Sarah Palin who thinks Africa is a country. “in countries, such as, Africa.”

    • i think it was probably a typo, probably changed what he was going to write but forget to change a word or two. corrected.

  • ricksolar

    so embarassing our foreign affairs minister in new zealand murray mccully is talking about giving aid to pacific islands for solar and he wont even give incentives in his own country

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