The Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) offers a unique value in a combination of flexibility, much needed early stage financing, knowledge exchange and investor networking in Southern and East Africa.
To support the design of EEP Phase III, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Austrian Development Agency and the UK Department for International Development have published a market landscape study on renewable energy. It covers 13 countries (Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia) plus Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The publication reviews the current status of energy access in Southern and East Africa and develops a snapshot of the current status of energy access, opportunities related to institutional framework, technology and stakeholders. More specifically, the study identifies the gaps in on-grid support for small-scale generation, and both the gaps and current market status for off-grid.
Access to finance has been demonstrated as being the most significant barrier. On top of that, the report reveals that the limited purchase power of sparse population is a significant constraint for companies with market-based approach and anchor loads or subsidies. It also highlights major opportunities in renewable energy business. Moreover, the report calls for more serious recognition of energy efficiency issues and the necessity of improving of clean cooking.
The publication is divided into three volumes and can be downloaded here.