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Renewable energy auctions in sub‐Saharan Africa: Comparing the South African, Ugandan, and Zambian Programs

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Sub‐Saharan Africa desperately needs more electricity. Recent years have seen private investment in renewable energy projects breaking through in the region, primarily driven by well‐designed and implemented auction programs. We review three renewable energy auction programs in the region to improve our understanding of the auction design and implementation elements that have enabled this important transition: the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program (REIPPPP); the GET FiT solar facility in Uganda; and the first round of the Scaling Solar program in Zambia. Our analysis shows that a well‐designed and implemented program that adequately deals with risks for both the procuring authorities and investors is able to deliver good investment and price outcomes in sub‐Saharan Africa. This article is categorized under: Photovoltaics > Climate and Environment Energy Policy and Planning > Climate and Environment Photovoltaics > Economics and Policy Energy Policy and Planning > Economics and Policy

Weighted average bid tariff (across all selected projects) per bid window for South Africa's REIPPPP Source. Authors' calculations from DOE IPP office data and Eberhard, Kolker, and Leigland (). Note. BW 3.5 excluded from this illustration as only Concentrated Solar Power was auctioned. Bids were in local currency (ZAR) and USD conversions are at time of bid. *Weighting by share of Contracted Capacity for that Round

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