At a glance

Energy Access in the Central African Republic is extremely limited for both electricity and non-solid fuels. 

Only 10% of the population has access to electricity, mainly in the capital Bangui, while access is almost absent in rural areas. Wood and charcoal dominates the domestic energies for cooking and heating, throughout the country and biomass represented 94% of the final energy consumption in 2011. 

However, he Central African Republic has a good endowment in renewable energies, especially biomass and hydro, but also solar. Hydropower represent more than half of the installed capacity in the country (the rest being diesel). Renewable energies are limited by many factors, including an inadequate institutional and legal framework, insufficient planning and coordination, internal capacity, lack of financing. Energy efficiency measures are also limited by a lack of a proper institutional framework. 

The Central African Republic prepared a SE4All Gap Analysis / Rapid Assessment, that provisionally indicated a 50% access rate to electricity to be reached by 2030. 


News from Central African Republic

SE4All Action Agenda Objectives2030
Electricity Access, nationaln.a.
Access to clean cooking, national n.a.
Renewable Energy Outputn.a.
Renewable Energy Consumptionn.a.
Energy Efficiencyn.a.
Country Action DocumentsStatus
Rapid Assessment Finalized
Action Agenda n.a.
Investment Prospectusn.a.

Country statistics

Access to electricity (% of population)6%9.8%11.3%12.3%
Urban (% of urban population)15.6%24.9%24.8%26.3%
Rural (% of rural population)0.7%1.7%2.6%3.1%
Access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking (% of population)2.0%2.0%2.0%2.0%
Population, total3.7 Million4.4 Million4.6 Million4.8 Million
Renewable energy consumption (% of total final energy consumption)85.1%79.8%78.0%77.2%
Renewable electricity output (% of total electricity output)78.5%84.4%84.7%85.8%
Electric power consumption (kWh per capita)----