Europe Pledges €300 Million For 19 African Renewable Energy Projects

The European Commission has pledged €300 million in an effort to leverage further investments amounting to €4.8 billion for the development of 19 new renewable energy projects in Africa, as part of its role in the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative.

Announced this week in Conakry, Guinea, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, announced the preparation of 19 new renewable energy projects in Africa which would require a total investment of €4.8 billion. The European Commission will contribute €300 million ($316 million) in an effort to leverage the remaining necessary investments, which in turn would see 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy capacity added in Africa.

“With these 19 new projects, potentially worth €4.8 billion of investments, the European Union is delivering on its promises,” said Neven Mimica. “We are turning our pledges into real projects with true impact on the ground. The EU hereby reaffirms its leading role in supporting the African continent in the promotion of renewable energies for the improvement of energy access for African citizens.”

Read more in Cleantechnica.