Sustainability Report 2015


Case studies

Helping to grow power generation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Sarahan Africa

Among the greatest challenges facing the African continent is the diversification and growth of power supply capacity and infrastructure to meet the needs of the 21st century. It is estimated that around 7,000 megawatts per year of new power generation capacity will be needed to match population growth in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. ERM has worked with clients across the continent to facilitate the development and operation of a variety of power projects harnessing solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, geothermal and gas resources to increase generation capacity of numerous African countries.

Our support spans the entire life cycle of power projects including site selection and purchase, helping clients minimize and avoid non-technical risks through design elements, through end of life. We have had a permanent presence in Africa since 2003 and are working across the continent from ERM offices in South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya. Where we do not have an established office, we work with trusted local partners to provide our services.

Africa presents many unique sustainability challenges related to regulatory consent, access to international financing, land acquisition, community approval and infrastructure, among others, but many clients are beginning to realize the continent’s abundant renewable energy potential. ERM has assisted clients such as Azura Power in Nigeria, as well as many other clients across the continent, to navigate beyond an at-times challenging environment and capitalize on this potential and increasingly recognize the broader sustainability benefits of a wider power supply.