South Africa - Power Pool Renewable Energy Zones Solar CSP

This spatial vector dataset shows areas of identified high quality potential for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) development divided into large contiguous areas called "zones." This dataset shows all zones in the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) region. This is one of many products resulting from a study led by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) identifying wind and solar renewable energy zones for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (ACEC). For each zone identified, multiple siting criteria were estimated, including the total and component levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), average capacity factor, distance to nearest grid infrastructure, distance to the nearest load center, average population density.

For full documentation of the methods and descriptions of the attributes, please refer to the report and attribute information in the interactive PDF map. They can be found on the and websites.

The information provided is meant to inform high-level policy debate (identification of opportunity areas for further prospection, preliminary assessment of technical potentials), or to perform market screening (cross referencing the resource information with policy information). It is suitable for decision-making activities, excluding financial commitments.

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Additional Info

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Author Grace C. Wu, Ranjit Deshmukh
Last Updated May 16, 2018, 18:10 (UTC)
Created March 26, 2017, 21:10 (UTC)
Topic Renewable energy; Resource assessments; Solar
Country Angola; Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Lesotho; Mozambique; Malawi; Namibia; Eswatini; Tanzania, United Republic of; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Region Africa
Status Complete
Coordinate Reference System WGS84
Published year 2015
Group ACEC RE Zones