Sub-Saharan Africa stands at a crossroads: whether to expand investment in fossil fuel resources for domestic use and export, or whether to accelerate investment in clean and affordable renewable energy that can provide distributed or centralised power for rural and urban areas, as well as electrical power for industry, and potentially for export.

Africa has 60% of the world’s best solar resources. The unique opportunity that Sub-Saharan Africa has is to find a way of taking advantage of its relatively low level of incumbent fossil fuel infrastructure compared to many other countries, and a large and growing demand for clean and affordable energy. This paper by Climate Analytics conducts a survey of the issues involved in taking advantage of this opportunity and looks at further critical work needed to advance this.

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