Wind and solar in Africa need grids to match

July 1, 2021

Falling costs of wind and solar have encouraged development agencies and multilateral lenders to restrict financing for new fossil fuel developments. But African countries face significant obstacles to the grid integration of high shares of intermittent renewable energy. Donors that are genuinely interested in renewable development in Africa should invest in grid operator capability and transmission interconnection while remaining supportive of a range of technologies for dispatchable backup.