SDG 07: Affordable and Clean Energy

Africa is leading the way in solar power potential

Solar power panels are seen at the Atlantic Shrimpers farm in Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria.

Africa has the world’s greatest solar energy potential. Image: REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

Victoria Masterson
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SDG 07: Affordable and Clean Energy

Average long-term practical potential solar energy output, by world region.
Solar energy in Africa has more potential than any other region in the world, new data shows. Image: Statista

Solar power potential in the Middle East and North Africa.
Africa’s solar power potential is world-leading. Image: Global Solar Atlas

Average annual energy investment in the Sustainable Africa Scenario, 2016-2030.
To achieve Africa’s energy and climate goals, energy sector investment needs to roughly double. Image: IEA

Index scores for climate resilience of African countries in 2022.
Countries in Africa are among the most at risk from climate change. Image: Statista

Africa's current energy generation mix.
Fossil fuels still dominate Africa’s energy mix. Image: Africa Energy Review 2021, PwC

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