The African Development Bank (AfDB) has joined forces with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Africa50 investment fund to support the Desert to Power programme, an initiative aiming to transform Africa’s deserts into new sources of renewable energy.
The three institutions have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on developing the Desert to Power programme, under which up to 10 GW of solar capacity could be developed in the Sahel region.
The initiative will provide electricity to 250 million people, including 90 million through off grid solutions, AfDB said.
AfDB, GCF and Africa50 say they will share ideas and resources about opportunities to make solar power available throughout the Sahel region. Desert to Power has the potential to make the Sahel the largest solar power zone in the world.
“The Desert to Power programme will transform countries in the Sahel region by accelerating their access to energy through solar power,” said AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina. “To realize this ambition, strong collaboration is needed. Therefore the partnership with the Green Climate Fund and Africa 50 is a great milestone and will help us deliver at scale.”