Controversies are normal when it comes to the reality of the African continent – also in terms of energy supply and security. The continent has a vast solar potential, with several Saharan countries belonging to those with the highest solar radiation worldwide. At the same time, electrification in Africa is still one of the core issues to be addressed within the millennium development goals in Africa, especially in the rural areas. The huge solar potential faces political, infrastructural, regulatory and economical challenges that hinder a unrestrained deployment of solar on the continent. Even more reason to look carefully on the African solar market developments. So what is necessary for an unrestrained deployment of solar on the continent?
We’ll have a look on the African solar market developments. With Dr. Rethabile Melamu, CEO at SAPVIA & Herbert Friese, General Manager of Dutch & Co.
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Dr. Rethabile Melamu is Chief Executive Officer at SAPVIA, the South African Solar PV Association. She is a Scientist and completed research about diverse renewable energy topics like hydrogen or bioenergy from waste, and acted as executive member of different networks and organizations in Green Tech.
Officially launched in 2010, SAPVIA has been at the forefront of developing South Africa’s flourishing renewable energy sector.
Herbert Friese has been General Manager of Dutch & Co. for over 10 years and is a key driver of the energy transition in Ghana. He is also Chair of the Workgroup for Solar Companies of the AGI (Association of Ghana Industries).
Dutch & Co is a company registered and based in Accra, Ghana specialized in energy efficiency and with a strong focus on the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector.