Promoting renewable energy across SADC
The CSIR is leading a project to support the development and integration of renewable energy resources in power systems in the Southern African Development Community region.
This project is part of a plan by the International Renewable Energy Agency based in Abu Dhabi, to support the development of enabling market environments for renewable energy. It is implemented in partnership with the Electricity Control Board of Namibia, the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Authority and the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa.
The CSIR will, by improving coordination in regional planning, support the development and integration of renewable energy resources in regional power systems. The project also includes a review of international best practice and an assessment of current regional planning approaches in an effort to identify the benefits of renewable energy projects.
The objective of the project is to inform relevant stakeholders in southern Africa, including electricity regulators and policymakers, about the status quo of current planning processes and to highlight potential areas of improvement.
The project will include the implementation of national pilot programmes in Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe with the aim of developing recommendations to improve the design and implementation of national integrated resources plans.
The CSIR is working in conjunction with the Regulatory Assistance Project, a US non-governmental organisation of electricity regulation experts. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory acts as advisor to the CSIR on the project.