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Republic of Niger

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Niger officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in West Africa, named after the Niger River. It is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It has a surface area of 1,267,000 km2 and a population of 21.5 million in 2017. The capital is Niamey and French is the official language.

The economy of Niger centers on subsistence crops, livestock, and some of the world's largest uranium deposits. Niger commenced oil production in late 2011 in a joint venture with the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The emergence of oil on the Nigerien economic landscape has triggered new optimism concerning the country’s future development and balance of trade management. Nearly half of the government's budget is derived from foreign donor resources.  

Niger has a dual energy system containing co-existing traditional and modernized energy systems and practices. On the one hand, traditional biomass fuels and inefficient technologies dominate household energy needs. On the other, electricity and more refined fuels are also used in Niger as well as up-to-date appliances.

Niger does not generate sufficient electricity to meet the growing need of power for its population. Only 20% of the population has access to electricity. Niger could develop a diverse portfolio of renewable energy technologies based on its renewable energy potential. There are considerable solar energy resources and a moderate wind potential for electricity and mechanical power towards the North. There is modest hydro and biomass potential towards the South.

Niger enjoys high solar radiation conditions in all eight of its regions. Average solar radiation is 5-7 kWh/m2 per day, and there are seven to ten hours of sunshine per day on average. Solar energy applications in use in Niger include PV for mini-grid and standalone applications, solar crop dryers and solar water heating for homes and community applications. In 2018, the government commissioned the country’s first solar power project of 7 MW capacity near Malbaza, in central Niger, with support from the Indian government.


NFP Details: 

Mr. Idrissa Mohamadou Soumana

Direction de la Promotion des Energies Renouvelables

Ministere de I’Energie, Republique du Niger

Tel: +227-89564394


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Niger: Mining Company explores hybrid solar power

Article on GoviEx Uranium signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Canadian energy developer Windiga Energy to jointly evaluate the feasibility of powering the company’s flagship Madaouela project using hybrid solar power solutions in Niger

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Invest in Niger


Fournit des informations pour les investisseurs et une vue d'ensemble sur les opportunités d'investissement dans le pays. 


Niger Renewable Readiness Assessment

Prepared by IRENA, the report identifies specific, high-impact actions for the optimal deployment of renewable energy, taking into account the elements of economic, social and environmental sustainability

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IRENA RE Resource

IRENA resources of renewable energy in the country