Africa Renewable Energy Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Africa renewable energy market is segmented by type (Solar, Wind, Hydropower, and Others) and Geography (South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Ethiopia and Rest of Africa)

Africa Renewable Energy Market Size

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Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2020 - 2022
CAGR > 8.00 %
Market Concentration Low

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Africa Renewable Energy Market Analysis

The renewable energy market in Africa is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 8% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. Factors such as supportive government policies, the increasing power demand, and efforts to electrify most of the population in the countries are expected to drive the renewable energy market growth in Africa. However, the dependency on fossil fuels such as coal for power generation is expected to restrain the market growth during the forecast period.

  • Due to favourable land and climate conditions, solar energy is expected to continue to grow significantly in the African renewable energy market. Further, several projects are under construction and are expected to be operational during the forecast period.
  • The untapped offshore wind energy potential in Africa is likely to create ample opportunity for renewable energy players in the future.
  • South Africa, with more than 10.193 GW of installed renewable energy capacity in 2021, is a significant renewable energy market in Africa. Further, it is likely to dominate over the forecast period owing to the upcoming renewable energy projects and investments.

Africa Renewable Energy Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Africa Renewable Energy Market according to our research experts:

Solar Energy is Expected to be the Significant Market

  • Solar energy is expected to be one of Africa's fastest-growing and most significant markets. In 2021, Africa's cumulative installed solar energy capacity had reached 11.39 GW compared to 10.79 GW in the previous year.
  • Several countries have realised the potential of solar energy and are supporting the development of solar projects in the region. For instance, South Africa aims to reach net-zero emissions in 2050. To achieve this ambitious target government is strategically investing in renewable energy projects, particularly solar. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in South Africa has been launching various auctions under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to support renewable energy projects, including solar.
  • In Africa, solar energy is harvested using concentrated solar energy and photovoltaic power. In February 2022, Redstone concentrated solar energy project, a 100 MW integrated CSP plant, secured financing of USD 764.63 million and a commitment of USD 151.95 million. The project has also received funding from international and South African financial institutions, including ABSA Bank, CDC Group, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Deutsche FMO Investec Bank, Nedbank Limited, Sanlam Limited and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. The project is anticipated to be operational by the end of 2023.
  • Further, in May 2022, the government of Egypt is looking to accelerate the renewable energy projects in the country, with plans to generate about 10,000 MW of solar and other renewable power in 2023. The government expects the rise in renewable energy production as several energy projects are likely to be completed and operational in the coming years.
  • Furthermore, in June 2022, the Nigerian state of Lagos aims to install 600 MW of commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop solar to reach 1 GW of solar capacity by 2030. The ministry has revealed how the regional authority and the World Bank foresee the breakdown of the 1 GW ambition. Citing a need to invest between USD 350 million and USD 700 million in 500 MW of rooftop solar by mid-2027, according to the energy ministry, 200 MW of the 1 GW is likely to be residential arrays. Such projects are expected to see massive solar energy deployments during the forecast period.
  • Thus, owing to the above-mentioned factors, solar energy is expected to be the fastest growing and most significant market during the forecast period.
Africa Renewable Energy Market: Solar Power Installed Capacity in GW, Africa, 2015-2021

South Africa to Dominate the Market

  • South Africa is one of the fastest-growing economies and the largest energy consumer in Africa. The country has abundant natural and mineral resources and high renewable energy potential. In 2021, the total installed renewable energy capacity in South Africa had reached more than 10 GW. Of the total capacity, more than 43% has come from wind, 32% from hydro and 24% from solar energy.
  • Further, the country has set a target of adding 17.8 GW of renewable energy capacity to the energy mix by 2030 and set up a Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer's Programme (REIPPP) to boost investments in the sector. Additionally, in 2019, the government approved the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which aims to boost the renewable energy share in the total energy mix.
  • In April 2022, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) of South Africa launched 2.6 GW of renewable energy capacity for tendering under the 6th round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The tendered capacity includes 1 GW of solar PV and 1.6 GW of wind power, and the deadline for the tender proposal submission has been set for 22nd August 2022.
  • According to the DMRE, the qualification criteria developed for the auction process are focused on promoting the participation of projects that can be constructed within 24 months after their financial close and connected to the national power grid as soon as possible. During the 5th round of REIPPP, launched in March 2021 and closed in October 2021, 25 bids were successful. It included 12 wind (cumulative capacity- 1.6 GW) and 13 solar (cumulative capacity-1 GW) projects ranging in size from 75 to 140 MW.
  • South Africa also focuses on closing down older coal plants and increasing the renewable energy capacity to meet growing demand. Additionally, South Africa is blessed with incredible mineral wealth and has the potential to establish a local renewable energy hardware manufacturing hub. For instance, in July 2021, Italian firm Enertronica Santerno announced plans to expand its solar PV component manufacturing capacity in the country. The company plans to invest nearly ZAR 17 million to enhance the production capacity of inverters for solar PV applications. Initially, the maximum production capacity is expected to be capped at 500 MW/year, gradually ramping up to higher capacity targets.
  • Hence, owing to the combination of the above factors, the South African Renewable Energy Market is expected to grow steadily and dominate the market during the forecast period.
Africa Renewable Energy Market: Renewable Energy Installed Capacity in GW, South Africa, 2015-2021

Africa Renewable Energy Industry Overview

The African renewable energy market is moderately fragmented. Some of the major companies include Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Juwi Holding AG, ACWA Power, Enel Green Power S.p.A. and EDF Renewables.

Africa Renewable Energy Market Leaders

  1. Vestas Wind Systems A/S

  2. Juwi Holding AG

  3. ACWA Power

  4. Enel Green Power S.p.A.

  5. EDF Renewables

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Africa Renewable Energy Market News

  • In July 2022, Infinity Group and the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) agreed to purchase Lekela Power, the largest pure-play renewable IPP operating in Africa. The transaction is valued at an enterprise value of approximately USD 1.5 billion, with closing expected to occur later in 2022. The purchase is expected to bring Lekela's portfolio of more than 1GW of wind power across three African countries and its 1.8GW pipeline of greenfield projects into Infinity. It makes Infinity the largest renewable energy company in Africa.
  • In February 2022, Magnora ASA, a Norwegian renewable energy company, acquired a 92% share of South African solar and onshore wind project developer African Green Ventures (AGV). It aims to increase its local renewables pipeline to about 1.7 GW from 850 MW. AGV owns the rights for over 800 MW wind and solar PV projects, having recently signed several land lease option agreements.
  • In September 2021, Eskom announced plans to invest USD 7.3 billion in renewable energy over the next nine years. The investment plan is developed in three phases. In the plan's first phase, which is expected to be implemented over the next two years, relatively small-scale solar PV plants will be built on the sites of former coal stations in Arnot, Duvha, Lethabo, Majuba and Tutuka. The plant has a total capacity of 246 MW. The second phase is due to be implemented between 2023 and 2025, with a 600 MW PV plant added to the 100 MW Sere wind farm in the Western Cape and a 750 MW CSP facility to be built in Olyvenhoutsdriftin the Northern Cape. The third phase of Eskom's plan, which is less detailed, aims to add 3 GW of solar capacity and 3.1 GW of wind power between 2025 and 2030.

Africa Renewable Energy Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Installed Capacity and Forecast in MW, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Solar

      2. 5.1.2 Wind

      3. 5.1.3 Hydropower

      4. 5.1.4 Others

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 South Africa

      2. 5.2.2 Egypt

      3. 5.2.3 Nigeria

      4. 5.2.4 Morocco

      5. 5.2.5 Algeria

      6. 5.2.6 Ethiopia

      7. 5.2.7 Rest of Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Vestas Wind Systems A/S

      2. 6.3.2 Juwi Holding AG

      3. 6.3.3 ACWA Power

      4. 6.3.4 Enel Green Power S.p.A.

      5. 6.3.5 EDF Renewables

      6. 6.3.6 Acciona SA

      7. 6.3.7 JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd

      8. 6.3.8 Canadian Solar Inc.

      9. 6.3.9 First Solar Inc

      10. 6.3.10 Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa S.A.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Africa Renewable Energy Industry Segmentation

The African renewable energy market includes:

South Africa
Rest of Africa
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Africa Renewable Energy Market Research FAQs

The Africa Renewable Energy Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 8% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Juwi Holding AG, ACWA Power, Enel Green Power S.p.A. and EDF Renewables are the major companies operating in the Africa Renewable Energy Market.

The report covers the Africa Renewable Energy Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Africa Renewable Energy Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Africa Renewable Energy Industry Report

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Africa Renewable Energy Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)