Renewable Energy in West Africa: Status, Experiences and Trends

Praia and Las Palmas

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), Casa Africa and the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias S.A. (ITC), today jointly announced the release of a new publication - Renewable Energy in West Africa: Status, Experiences and Trends.

The book presents the current situation and trends in West Africa regarding renewable energy and complements on-going work on the ECOWAS Atlas for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The publication is a contribution from ECOWAS to the goals of the United Nations Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL) Initiative by 2030.

The book features a compilation of articles from a distinguished array of ECOWAS and international experts and institutions covering a host of relevant issues, including the international context of RE; a continental and West African overview; RE Scenarios in West Africa; RE Policy Frameworks and Incentives; the ECOWAS Regional RE Policy; Integration of gender into RE Policies; country profiles; rural electrification strategies; RE potentials and technologies in West Africa; existing RE projects; local manufacturing; and RE investment and financing opportunities, amongst others.

The publication is a valuable resource to anyone with an interest in West Africa’s energy sector. It was jointly developed by ECREEE, Casa Africa and ITC, with the financial support of the Spanish Agency for international Development Cooperation (AECID) and the European Transnational Cooperation Programme MADEIRA-AZORES-CANARIAS (MAC) 2007-2013, through the RENOW project (MAC/3/1982).

The book will be available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish and can be downloaded in electronic format (PDF and e-book) at

Hard copies can be obtained from the offices of the partner institutions (ECREEE, Casa Africa, and ITC).