With 5% of global primary energy use and 15% of the world’s population, per capita energy consumption in Africa is only a third of the global average. Nearly half of the current energy use is traditional biomass, a major cause of health problems and deforestation. In 2009, 657 million Africans relied on traditional biomass and 587 million people lacked access to electricity. Limited and unreliable energy access is a major impediment for economic growth. In the coming decades, the energy mix will have to change to modern fuels, the per capita energy use will increase and the population will grow much faster than the global average. Together, these three factors will put tremendous pressure on future African energy supply.

While electrification programmes have improved access in some countries, many rural populations remain deprived of electricity. The average electrification rate is 30%: 71% in urban areas and 12% in rural areas. In a business-as-usual case, it will rise to 34% in 2020. Average electricity use today is as low as 124 kWh/cap per year and will rise to 235 in 2020 in a business-as-usual case. In comparison, India consumes 640 kWh per capita (2010/11) and the world average is 2,782 kWh per capita (2008). Some countries have achieved good progress in electricity access. Ghana has raised access from 25% in 1989 to 66% by 2011. Rural access has, over the same period, risen from 5% to 40%. In South Africa, urban electricity access has risen from 30% in 1994 to 83% today, and rural access has risen from 12% to 57%.

Resurgent Africa is working very closely with organisations focussed in the area of avoidance of power pilferation, clean technologies and renewables. We will be offering JVs and Franchises to African professional and enterprises to start dealing with power savings at grassroots viz wind mills, solar panels, solar lighting etc. We have tie ups with companies like Enzen, Anu solar where from products and services for the renewables will be garnered. We also have power control packages for the smart homes as well as habitats which will be self-sufficient and have complete remote controlled systems of power optimisation.

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