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Latest African Energy figures show decade of patchy progress

The African Energy Live Data 2019 update shows that 9.6GW of net new capacity was added on the continent during the year. The figure includes off-grid and embedded plants in the public domain, as well as on-grid facilities. This is just over half of the capacity added in 2018 and significantly less than the five-year 2014-18 average of 13.2GW. The slowdown was widespread. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) excluding South Africa, 2.8GW was added, the lowest amount since 2014 and also significantly lower than the 2014-18 average of 3.8GW.

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