Published on March 8th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill0
Europe Pledges €300 Million For 19 African Renewable Energy Projects
March 8th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill
The European Commission has pledged €300 million in an effort to leverage further investments amounting to €4.8 billion for the development of 19 new renewable energy projects in Africa, as part of its role in the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative.
Announced this week in Conakry, Guinea, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced the preparation of 19 new renewable energy projects in Africa which would require a total investment of €4.8 billion. The European Commission will contribute €300 million ($316 million) in an effort to leverage the remaining necessary investments, which in turn would see 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy capacity added in Africa.
“With these 19 new projects, potentially worth €4.8 billion of investments, the European Union is delivering on its promises,” said Neven Mimica. “We are turning our pledges into real projects with true impact on the ground. The EU hereby reaffirms its leading role in supporting the African continent in the promotion of renewable energies for the improvement of energy access for African citizens.”
The European Union is actually significantly invested in supporting the development of new renewable energy in Africa. As part of the European Commission’s aims for 2020, it intends to provide access to sustainable energy to 30 million people, save 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, and help generate an additional 5 GW of new renewable energy across Africa. When this is put in terms of the overall aims of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative’s own aims, the European Commission accounts for half of the overall target (10 GW of new capacity by 2020).