‘Renewables could help Mauritania’s economy growth’

Renewable energy sources could help boost Mauritania’s economy. That’s according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It found “abundant” green […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Renewable energy sources could help boost Mauritania’s economy.

That’s according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It found “abundant” green sources in the country that could improve energy access and create jobs.

The transition to renewables could be driven by solar and wind and strengthened in co-operation with the Maghreb region and West Africa, it stated.

Investment in wind and solar would “greatly advance renewable energy capacity in Mauritania” as electricity demand is expected to grow by up to 600% by 2030.

The country could also be a green energy exporter, according to the report.

Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General said: “Mauritania has already taken steps towards the large-scale use of renewable energy both for on-grid and off-grid applications. Now with renewable energy sources cost-competitive with oil-generated electricity in most regions in the country, Mauritania has an opening to rethink its energy strategy and build a framework integrating technical solutions and business models based on renewable energy.”