Germany launches “Green people’s energy for Africa”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Germany launches “Green people’s energy for Africa”

New initiative to support decentralised energy solutions in rural areas of Africa.

The German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-chair of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, has launched his new initiative “Green people´s energy for Africa” as part of the Marshall Plan with Africa. Minister Müller intends to broaden Germany’s support of decentralised energy solutions in rural areas through municipalities, private investments and local cooperatives. Müller: “Africa’s potential for renewable energy is enormous. At the same time, more than half the population of Africa has no access to electricity. Decentralised supply structures based on renewable energy sources are playing an important role to provide quick and effective supply to rural areas.”

In the next five years, the initiative plans to:

  • establish 100 people’s energy partnerships with Africa that communities and individuals from Germany can get involved in directly;
  • support eight African countries in creating a political and administrative framework for people’s energy cooperatives;
  • supply at least 500 other businesses (micro enterprises, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – at least 50 % of them in the agricultural sector) with green energy;
  • further strengthen vocational education and training in the energy sector with a new “Energy Training Initiative”.

For more information on the Green People’s Energy for Africa, please find a fact file on the right of this page. For information in German, please click here.