Problems of Sustainable Energy in sub-Saharan Africa and Possible Solutions

Authors

  • Fortune Ganda Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Limpopo, South Africa
  • Collins C Ngwakwe Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership Faculty of Management and Law, University of Limpopo, South Africa.

Abstract

This paper examines the problems of promoting sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and suggests possible solutions. Using current literature, the major problems identified are: continued employment of fossil fuel subsidies; presence of monopoly structures in the energy sectors; regulatory and macroeconomic risks in sustainable energy schemes; large capital required to fund sustainable schemes; high transaction costs; low carbon risk and negative social impacts. The solutions identified are that countries must employ renewable energy targets; deploy feed-in tariffs; integrate Clean Development Mechanisms (CDMs); phase out monopoly power utilities; seek external assistance; introduce tax incentives; increase independent power producers and expand Rural Electrification Programmes.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n6p453

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Published

2014-04-02

How to Cite

Ganda, F., & Ngwakwe, C. C. (2014). Problems of Sustainable Energy in sub-Saharan Africa and Possible Solutions. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(6), 453. Retrieved from https://www.richtmann.org/journal/index.php/mjss/article/view/2439