Power Africa in Niger


Since the 1970s, Niger has depended heavily on imported electricity from Nigeria. In recent years, as Nigeria's electricity sector has undergone structural reforms, Niger has sought to develop domestic capacity and infrastructure capable of meeting rapidly growing demand. Per capita consumption of electricity in Niger is only about 53 kWh, approximately one tenth of the sub-Saharan Africa average. The national electricity access rate in 2013 was just 15%, among the lowest in the region.  Electricity is distributed by the Societé Nigérienne d’Électricité (NIGELEC). Niger has not yet harnessed its significant solar resources, and power reliability, quality, and availability remain significant challenges.