Power Africa releases its 2017 annual report

power africaPower Africa. (Image source: usaid)The 2017 report highlights how Power Africa continues to lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth in Africa while creating opportunities for American businesses 

Power Africa, a U.S. Government-led initiative to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, has released its annual report. The initiative consists of more than 150 public and private sector partners, which have collectively committed more than US$54bn towards achieving Power Africa's goals. It is among the world's largest public-private partnerships in development history.

The 2017 report highlights how Power Africa continues to lay the foundation for sustainable economic growth in Africa while creating opportunities for American businesses as it makes progress towards its goals of increasing installed generation capacity by 30,000MW and adding 60mn new electricity connections by 2030. 

Since its inception, Power Africa has facilitated the financial close of power transactions expected to generate more than 7,200MW of power in sub-Saharan Africa. The 80 Power Africa transactions that have concluded financing agreements are valued at more than US$14.5bn, and Power Africa projects have generated more than US$500mn in U.S. exports. In addition, Power Africa has facilitated more than 10mn electrical connections, which have brought electricity to more than 50mn people for the first time.

The report also highlights the role of women in Africa's power sector, by chronicling the contributions of select members of Power Africa's Women in African Power (WiAP) network. It includes an executive letter from the Honorable Irene Muloni, Minister for Energy and Minerals in Uganda, as well as profiles of women whose drive is strengthening Africa's power sector.

Over the next year, Power Africa will work with more than 100 U.S. companies, African partners, other donors, and the private sector to harness the technology, ingenuity, and political will necessary to bring the benefits of modern energy to even remote parts of Africa while promoting economic growth. The initiative will also expand beyond its initial focus on solar lanterns and renewable energy to support more on-grid power projects in natural gas and other sources.

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