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Deserts offer energy solutions

Africa’s new collaborative Desert to Power initiative could provide electricity to around 250 million people.

Supported by the African Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Africa50 investment fund, the three will work together to develop 10,000 MW of solar installations across African deserts to give power to people living in the Sahel region.


“The Desert to Power programme will transform countries in the Sahel region by accelerating their access to energy through solar power. To realize this ambition, strong collaboration is needed. Therefore the partnership with the Green Climate Fund and Africa 50 is a great milestone and will help us deliver at scale,” said Akinwumi Adesina, African Development Bank’s President.


The agreement follows a string of recent energy innovation developments across the continent, including ENGIE’s move to scale up a pay-as-you-go solar product to offer power to millions of Africans households.

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