Low Carbon Transitions in Southern Africa

The Southern Africa Renewable Energy Zones were identified as part of the Renewable Energy Deployment Support (REDS) tools project focused on the twelve conterminous member countries of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). This project is a collaboration between the University of California Santa Barbara, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), the Nature Conservancy, the University of Cape Town, and Blue Marble Analytics. It was supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the Government of the United Kingdom through the Oxford Policy Management Ltd under the Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) programme.

For visualizing individual country RE zones, scroll down and click on the country in the navigational map. This study was completed in 2022 and results are more recent than the SEAREZ project.

The MapRE Zoning Tableau tool was developed as part of this project to enable stakeholders to change the technical and economic assumptions for estimating the resource potential and costs of renewable energy and prioritize RE zones. The Renewable Energy Zoning (RE Zoning) tool developed by the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP), Development Seed, and the University of California Santa Barbara is based on the MapRE methods and the Tableau tool. The REZoning tool is an interactive, web-based platform designed to identify, visualize, and rank zones that are most suitable for the development of solar, wind, or offshore wind projects.

Key Results

Wind, solar PV, and hydropower in comparison to Southern Africa's future electricity demand.

Existing and New Generation Capacity in Southern Africa

Output results from GridPath capacity investment model

Electricity generation in Southern Africa

Output results from GridPath capacity investment model

Costs and GHG emissions from Southern Africa's electricity sector

Output results from GridPath capacity investment model

spatial data

MapRE RE Zoning Tableau Tool


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