The most significant energy source in the country is considered to be hydro-energy.
Around 26% of Suriname’s total energy supply is generated through Lake Brokopondo’s hydropower system.
The Afobakka hydro dam is considered to be the major renewable energy system in Suriname, generating a capacity of approximately 189MW.
The 2nd largest renewable energy system in the country is Rosebel Gold Mine Company’s grid-connected 5MWp PV system. The system's generated electricity is used by the company for mining purposes.
electrification - urban areas: 96.4% (2016)
electrification - rural areas: 69.3% (2016)
Electricity - production:
1.967 billion kWh (2016 est.)
Electricity - consumption:
1.75 billion kWh (2016 est.)
Electricity - installed generating capacity:
504,000 kW (2016 est.)
Electricity - from fossil fuels:
61% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:
38% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
Electricity - from other renewable sources:
2% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
The urban areas located in the interior of Suriname also have several ground-mounted and rooftop PV systems.
The physical environment of the interior offers interesting possibilities to set up hydropower plants.
Application of solar energy to generate electricity is becoming increasingly interesting due to the progress of technology and dropping prices of panels and associated devices.