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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; Albarrac�n, Ricardo; Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Munir, Abu Bakar; Bani, Nurul Aini


Abdullahi Abubakar Mas'ud

Asan Vernyuy Wirba

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Ricardo Albarrac�n

Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Abu Bakar Munir

Nurul Aini Bani


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.


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:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 26, 2016
Online Publication Date May 12, 2016
Publication Date Sep 30, 2016
Deposit Date May 26, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 13, 2017
Journal Renewable and sustainable energy reviews
Print ISSN 1364-0321
Electronic ISSN 1879-0690
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Pages 441-452
Keywords Solar energy; Solar photovoltaic; Sub Saharan Africa; Renewable energy
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