Africa is facing a severe energy crisis and failing to meet the increasing demand for electricity. In finding a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy solution, Africa could tap into and explore the significant renewable energy potential the continent has to offer.
Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariffs (REFiTs) is one tool that has been successful in increasing the use of renewable technologies worldwide. The Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the World Future Council commissioned a comprehensive study to assess the existing and drafted REFiT policies in 13 African countries with the aim of examining the policy drivers and socio-economic effects of REFiTs and analyse both supportive and obstructive factors for their effective implementation.
The study shows that, REFiTs are a promising mechanism to unlock renewable energy development in Africa. This is monumental for getting renewable energy on the mainstream energy policy agenda for the continent.
Renewable Energy Ventures CEO Joseph Nganga discusses the lessons learnt in compiling the new policy handbook.