During African Utility Week that took place in Cape Town the West Africa Clean Energy Corridor (WACEC) was launched. WACEC is aimed at accelerating the deployment of utility scale renewable energy into the region.
Renewable Energy expert at the Ecowas Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (Ecreee), Jansénio Delgado, told delegates at least 52% of the population in the region have no access to electricity. “So we have a big challenge in the region in terms of energy and electricity access,” he said.
According to Delgado the plan is to increase access to at least 88% of the population by 2030, but there are some challenges. Delgado said the region has big potential, especially for renewable energy, specifically hydro power.
“The region has big potential in terms of renewable energy from hydro, solar, wind and biomass. These resources are geographically distributed which makes them complimentary.”