Supporting and Promoting Renewables in Africa

  • David Elliott
  • Terence Cook


There have been many attempts to support the deployment of new energy technologies in Africa with, as this chapter explores, a range of development aid programmes and projects. Some of them are based on major corporate involvement, especially for some of the larger grid-linked projects; some of them are more focused on community-scaled off-grid and micro grid projects, aiming to create local social and economic capacity for grass roots development. After looking critically at the role of private investment and markets in renewable energy technology deployment and the development process, this chapter concludes with a review of the technological choices ahead and also of some of the criteria that might be used in making the choices, employment creation being one.


Development aid CDM Corporate involvement Community projects Marshall Plan for Africa Technology choice Employment 


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  • David Elliott
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  • Terence Cook
    • 1
  1. 1.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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