Report: Africa’s back-up diesel generators costly and bad for environment

Report: Africa’s back-up diesel generators costly and bad for environment

Nigeria is among the six biggest users of back-up generators in the world, with India, Iraq, Pakistan, Venezuela, and Bangladesh. These diesel-powered generators that boost electricity supply are not just noisy and expensive but are an environmental hazard, says a report titled The Dirty Footprint of the Broken Grid.

The report by the International Finance Corporation states that Nigeria is one of many developing countries where electricity is unreliable and the impact of using generators to supplement (or essentially replace) grid-based supply.

Quartz reports that, in western Africa, private generators provide the equivalent of 40% of what’s generated by the grid. In the subregion’s largest economy, Nigeria, the study conservatively estimates the installed capacity of generators is between 15-20 GW compared with a grid capacity of 5-15 GW.

In all of Sub Saharan Africa, one out of every five liters of diesel and petrol is used in a back-up generator.

Further reading on qz.com

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