10 September 2021
News Flash: Ethiopia renews its Energy Africa Compact commitments 
Energy for agricultural processing to create 190,000 jobs in Ethiopia 
Zambia launches a strategy for off-grid solar publicity and information dissemination 
In Zambia, consumer awareness of off-grid solar (OGS) remains low and those that know about solar perceive it as an inferior source of electricity compared to grid connection. In addition, low-quality solar products available in the market have eroded consumer confidence as most of them break down within a few months of purchase. To address these and other gaps, the Zambia’s Rural Electrification Authority (REA) with the support of ACE TAF developed an OGS Publicity and Information Dissemination Strategy that was launched on 30th July 2021. Read more
Kenya the trailblazer: responsible taxation and universal access to energy 
The journey of Kenya’s success with off-grid solar can be traced to 2004 when the East Africa Community identified energy as a key enabler for development and provided tax exemptions for renewable energy technologies, including solar. Thereafter, the country was one of the first in Africa to set the universal access target for 2020, then later 2022. Kenya was also one of the pioneers in developing a Renewable Energy Rural Electrification Plan with specific milestones for grid, mini-grid and stand-alone solar connections. Read more | Listen to the podcast
Addressing importation bottlenecks to improve access to solar in Ethiopia 
In 2010, the Government of Ethiopia exempted solar products from tax. Since then, several revisions have been made to include new technologies and appliances as solar technology evolves. However, the lack of clarity on the scope of the exemptions led to misinterpretation and inconsistent implementation. This was compounded by the lack of clarity on the importation process for SAS, the documentation required, and classification and application of the harmonized system codes. Eventually, these challenges increase the cost of importing stand-alone solar (SAS) products in the country, which is passed on to the consumer. The process also leads to delays that affect access to reliable solar products. Read more
The PAYGo Performance, Reporting and measurement (PERFORM) framework offers the PAYGo solar industry a standardized and transparent set of key performance indicators (KPIs). By adopting the KPIs, companies can track, benchmark, and improve performance while presenting a more accessible profile to investors, stimulating capital investment.  Read more
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Customs handbook for solar PV products in Zimbabwe

For local manufacturing to create jobs in Africa, governments need to look beyond standard incentives. Read more

  • 30 September 2021 - Launch of the end-user subsidies lab. More information 

  • 4 October 2021: Launch of the Energy Access Explorer Map for Zambia.

  • 14 October 2021 - Launch of the Energy Access Explorer Map for Ethiopia.