EPC Best Practice Guidelines: sub-Saharan Africa Edition

The sub-Saharan Africa edition of SolarPower Europe's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) best practice guidelines, published with the support of GET.invest.


The ‘EPC Best Practice Guidelines: sub-Saharan Africa Edition’ is a product of the joint African-European EPC Taskforce that was established in June 2021, assembling 24 leading solar experts from both continents, with representation from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


Based on the first edition of SolarPower Europe’s ‘EPC Best Practice Guidelines: Europe Edition’, recommendations in these latest guidelines have been adjusted to reflect the market and business conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, taking the unique aspects of the continent into account. 


The new, tailored recommendations, include:

Assessment Methods

Methods for better assessing project risk and bankability


Project Transition

Provisions on the transition between the project development and EPC phases


Community Engagement

Considerations for involvement of local communities in project development


Battery Storage

Specifics on the inclusion on battery storage in power plant design


Overhauled Contractual Framework

An overhauled contractual framework involving new terms & bond categories



Aimed at solar EPC service providers and other stakeholders, including asset owners, investors, lenders, and technical advisors, these new guidelines aim to establish common industry best practice.
EPC Best Practice Guidelines: sub-Saharan Africa Edition

About GET.Invest


GET.invest is a European programme, supported by the European Union, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria, that mobilises investment in renewable energy in developing countries. 

They support project developers and companies towards investment readiness and link them with financiers. In collaboration with many stakeholders in the sector, they also provide a range of other services to complement this effort. GET.invest aims to substantially increase the volume and pace of investment, to contribute to building sustainable energy markets, and to thus help meet the twin challenge of sustainable energy and climate change.


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