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A review on the recent progress made on solar photovoltaic in selected countries of sub-Saharan-Africa.

Mas'ud, Abdullahi Abubakar; Wirba, Asan Vernyuy; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Albarracín, Ricardo; Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Munir, Abu Bakar; Bani, Nurul Aini

Authors

Abdullahi Abubakar Mas'ud

Asan Vernyuy Wirba

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Ricardo Albarracín

Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Abu Bakar Munir

Nurul Aini Bani



Abstract

The harmful effects of carbon emissions and carbon dioxide caused by over dependence on oil is a global issue, which is currently being addressed by encouraging renewable energy (RE) resources contribution to the energy mix. Encouraging RE is important in order to solve the unsustainable nature of electricity generation especially in the sub-Saharan African countries. One of the REs that have vast potential especially in sub-Saharan Africa is the solar energy. This paper provides an overview of the solar photovoltaic (PV) developments in selected countries of sub-Saharan Africa - in terms of research, installed capacity, solar radiation level, RE policies and the percentage of solar PV in the future energy mix of these countries. Finally, this paper identified the barriers to RE deployment and proposed scaling-up solar PV as one of the solution in the development of energy mix in these countries.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Journal Renewable and sustainable energy reviews
Print ISSN 1364-0321
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Pages 441-452
Institution Citation ABUBAKAR MAS'UD, A., WIRBA, A.V., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., ALBARRACIN, R., ABU-BAKAR, S.H., MUNIR, A.B. and BANI, N.A. 2016. A review on the recent progress made on solar photovoltaic in selected countries of sub-Saharan-Africa. Renewable and sustainable energy reviews [online], 62, pages 441-452. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.04.055
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.04.055
Keywords Solar energy; Solar photovoltaic; Sub Saharan Africa; Renewable energy

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