2018 SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report

By mid-2018, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region had 21,760 MW of installed renewable energy capacity with another 17,361 MW of renewables capacity reaching financial closure and awaiting commissioning.

The 2018 edition builds on the initial report issued by REN21 in 2015 and provides an updated review of renewable energy and energy efficiency developments in the SADC region, including market trends, achievements in renewable energy on- and off-grid, achievements in energy efficiency, evolving policy landscapes and investment flows.

Since 2015 the SADC region has seen an increase in the number and quality of its renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, demonstrating a growing commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency. Progress, however, is undermined by the continued development of traditional, non-renewable energy sources such as coal to satisfy rapidly increasing demand for electricity.