(SeeNews) - Sep 4, 2012 - Senegal needs 400 MW biomass energy capacity in order to deal with the insufficiency of fossil energy, Sana Faty, director for biofuels and biomass at the Senegalese energy and mining ministry said, speaking at a symposium last week.
The African continent, whose power demand rises by 5-10% each year, experiences significant shortage of energy. Electricity cuts occur frequently, while energy bills are often too high for the population.
In countries like Senegal, power cuts cost the national economy 1-2% growth each year. A major problem is the fact that fossil energy alone cannot satisfy the electricity needs of the African population. Other problems include the high costs of fossil energy as well as its non-renewable resources.