Angola Aims to Reach 71% Renewable Energy Capacity by 2027

Angola is aiming to reach 71% renewable energy capacity production by 2027, according to João Fernandes, an engineer at the National Directorate of Energy and Rural Electrification of the Ministry of Energy and Water.

More than 62% of Angola’s current energy production comes from renewable sources, mainly water and solar. The country is planning to increase its renewable energy capacity by building the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric plant, which will generate 2,100 Megawatts (MW), and several other solar energy projects.

Angola has the largest water capacity in Africa and the largest solar energy potential in the world. The country’s solar energy potential varies annually from 1.3 to 2.3 kilowatts/hour per square meter.

Angola’s current energy production capacity is 6.2 gigawatts, and is expected to reach 8 gigawatts by 2027. The electrification rate is currently at more than 42%, and is expected to reach 50% by 2027.

Fernandes said that the objective of investing in renewable energy is to find the best combination of energy sources and overcome the weaknesses of one technology with the strengths of others. This will allow Angola to produce the cheapest possible energy with the best possible quality.

Angola’s energy production trajectory has changed significantly in recent years. In 2015, more than 50% of the country’s energy came from thermal energy, while less than 50% came from hydroelectric energy. By 2022, thermal energy had fallen to 36%, while hydroelectric energy had risen to 58%.

The government has also reduced its spending on fuel for thermal power stations by almost 90% between 2015 and 2022.

Angola is committed to transitioning to clean energy and reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The country’s ambitious renewable energy targets will help to achieve these goals and create a more sustainable future for Angola.

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