Policy and Regulatory Measures

for scaling up Renewable Energy Deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Case of Kenya

September 14, 2021

11:00 – 13:00 GMT


Endowed with substantial renewable energy resources, Africa can adopt innovative, sustainable technologies and play a leading role in global action to shape a sustainable energy future.
Africa renewable potential could massively help overcome one of continent main socioeconomic development challenges, which is lack of access to electricity, particularly in Sub-Saharan region.
However, Africa’s renewable energy potential is still largely untapped due to multiple and interlinked challenges and barriers. Policy uncertainties, inadequate infrastructure including power grids, unstable financial situations, and limited access to private and foreign financing are only some of the main barriers hindering the full exploitation of renewable energy in Africa.
Many African countries have established policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources over the past decade. Forty-five African countries have set targets for — and activities to support — renewable energy expansion under the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) within the Paris Agreement framework. Moreover, many countries – including Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, South Africa and Kenya – are demonstrating encouraging trends around new renewable energy capacity underpinned by increased political commitment and fast-declining prices for renewable energy.
Notwithstanding the positive momentum, the legal and regulatory frameworks often remain not well structured. Sound regulatory frameworks play a crucial role in attracting domestic and foreign private investments for renewable energy. Kenya epitomizes how a solid and well-developed regulatory framework for large scale and distributed renewable energy options, combined with innovative off-grid solutions, can attract domestic and foreign private investments necessary for a successful expansion of access to electricity in the country.
AREI is positioning itself as a unifying framework for existing initiatives and other programs in the renewable energy sector on the Continent. AREI will collaborate with and influence them, create the means to exchange best practices and experiences and facilitate the identification and coordination of investment opportunities at national, regional and continental levels.
The successful implementation of AREI will create the conditions for renewables to make a significant contribution (300 GW) to meeting the Continent's estimated energy needs of around 600 GW in 2030.


As part of the implementation of its 2021 work program, the IDU will organize in close collaboration with the Technical Committee an experience and knowledge sharing platform meeting on “Regulatory and policy options for scaling up Renewable Energy Deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The main objective of the meeting is to enhance the knowledge of renewable energy stakeholders across the continent on the crucial role of the regulation in supporting RE deployment in Africa.
In that regard, the discussion will be focused on the following subjects:

Best Regards,

  • Regulatory Authorities: Roles and mandates.
  • Types of regulatory and policy support mechanisms.
  • Examples of regulatory and policy support mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • This virtual event will take place on 14 September 2021 at 11:00-13:00 (GMT)

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