A map of Africa’s potential for solar, renewable energy

An organization called the European Commission Joint Research Centre has issued a report that says many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa have some of the world’s best potential for solar power.

As SciDev.net reports:

Tapping into Africa’s renewable energy could transform living standards across the continent, according to a report that has mapped the potential of renewables in the region.

Here’s one map from the report of the potential for solar power in Africa. Darker brown means more intense energy from the sun:


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