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Republic of South Sudan

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South Sudan is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. The country gained its independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011. South Sudan is one of the world's most underdeveloped countries. The capital is located at Juba and English is the official language. The country has a population of 10.2 million and an area of 644,329 km2.

The youngest African Nation had a population of around 12.6 million in 2017.  The country is the most oil dependent country in the world, with oil exports accounting for almost the totality of exports. Apart from oil, the country also exports timber to the international market. The region also contains many natural resources such as petroleum, iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold, diamond, hardwood, limestone and hydropower. The country's economy, as in many other developing countries, is heavily dependent on agriculture.

Energy needs in South Sudan are predominantly met by biomass, consisting of the burning of charcoal, wood, grass, cow dung and agriculture residues. Only about 8.9% of the population has access to grid electricity. Those who have electricity are mainly in Juba, the capital city of the Republic of South Sudan, with the remaining few in the towns of Wau and Malakal.

As the River Nile flows through South Sudan, it presents many opportunities for hydropower generation from large plants to small hydro. The government is also investing in small hydro as a more efficient means of enabling access to electricity to the many communities scattered around the country. It has rich hydropower potential, but most of electricity is generated from thermal sources.

The potential for wind energy lies in rural electrification where distributed systems can easily be utilized.  The wind power density is between 285 and 380 W/m2 which implies good resources for wind power generation. The location of South Sudan in the vicinity of the East African Rift System is a high indicator of geothermal potential which the government would be keen to utilize.

South Sudan has about 8 hours of sunshine per day with a solar potential 436 W/m2 /year. This can be successfully used to support electrification in the rural areas. Currently, solar energy is being used to supply households to power a variety of devices that run on solar power such as electricity lighting, phone charging and radios. There are plans to increase the use of the country’s high potential for solar energy to meet energy demand.

NFP Details: 

Mr. Joseph Africano Bartel


Ministry of Environment & Forestry,

Government of the Republic of South Sudan, Juba.

Tel: +211.955.582.553


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Renewable Energy Council of South Sudan (RECOSS)

RECOSS is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit making organization founded by the South Sudanese Renewable Energy experts, operators, Environmentalists and distinguished energy professionals to promote Renewable Energy Technologies and energy efficiency in the country 


Ministry Of Environment And Forestry (MEF)

The Ministry has been set up with the vision of providing clean, healthy and safe environment for the people of South Sudan. To provide policy guidance, direction and coordination of all stakeholders for protection, conservation and sustainable management of the environment

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UNEP South Sudan Profile

An energy profile of the country of the country by UNEP. 

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IRENA RE Resource

Data and statistics on renewable resources in the country 

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UNDP Tenders: South Sudan

Lists procurement notices and tenders for projects in South Sudan