July 28, 2021


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today at the Powering Africa Summit, Power Africa partners launched a roadmap to meet President Obama’s goals of adding 30,000 megawatts and 60 million connections across sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.

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Millions of people in Africa, like this rural Ghanian student, use kerosene lantern in the evening. Many villages in Africa lack electrical infrastructure, making it difficult for students to study in the evenings.  (Photo by Taylor Weidman/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The U.S. Government committed an initial $7 billion that has leveraged nearly $43 billion in commitments from over 120 public and private sector partners. The Power Africa Roadmap outlines how it will add 30,000 MW by maximizing value from existing transactions, advancing new opportunities for deal flow, and increasing the efficiency of existing generation. It also highlights how Power Africa will add 60 million connections by scaling up grid roll-out programs and intensifying its Beyond the Grid efforts.

“With a robust financial foundation in place and an expanding group of partners committed to producing results, Power Africa is breaking the logjam on energy infrastructure and keeping eager capital flowing to worthy projects,” said U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Gayle Smith. “Building on our progress so far, this Roadmap lays out a clear path to achieving President Obama’s ambitious vision of bringing electricity to 60 million African homes and businesses. And the Power Africa Tracking Tool offers unprecedented insight into the actual deals that will facilitate that success.”

“Sub-Saharan Africa is rich in renewable energy sources-solar, hydropower, geothermal-yet only one in three people has access to power. For those who have electricity, the supply is often unreliable; sub-Saharan Africa loses 2.1 percent of gross domestic product from blackouts alone,” said World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. “We must find solutions-in our partnerships with African governments and the Power Africa initiative-that will give millions of African people the opportunity for a better life with something most of us take for granted: access to electricity.”


“Africa is tired of being in the dark. Lack of electricity puts a break on Africa’s economic growth and development. I applaud President Obama’s leadership and bold Power Africa Initiative,” said African Development Bank President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, who recently launched the Bank’s New Deal on Energy for Africa, which aligns with the Power Africa Roadmap, last week at the World Economic Forum.  “To accelerate universal access to electricity in Africa by 2025, the African Development Bank developed the New Deal on Energy for Africa and launched the Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa. Working together with Power Africa, private sector, development partners and African governments, we will light up and power Africa.”

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