Renewable Mini-Grid Assessment in South Africa

 

Location: Mbandana and Dumsi villages, South Africa

Type:
  • Solar
  • Wind

Status: Completed in 2004

Project Leader: ScottishPower

Key results

  • Studied the feasibility of installing a wind-solar-diesel mini-grid in 2 remote rural communities in South Africa, contributing to their socioeconomic development
  • Published findings to share experience and results with interested parties involved in the various social, technical and economic aspects of rural electrification in South Africa and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa

Location: Mbandana and Dumsi villages, South Africa

Type:
  • Solar
  • Wind

Status: Completed in 2004

Project Leader: ScottishPower

We completed a pre-feasibility analysis of the benefits of installing a renewable (wind-solar-diesel) mini-grid in remote rural communities in South Africa without access to electricity. Our study analyzes how the renewable mini-grid model of rural electrification can contribute to the development of rural communities in South Africa and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Back in 2003, GSEP was looking to develop a demonstration project in South Africa using off-grid mini-hybrid systems that would be eligible for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) status, be replicable, and be financially and economically sustainable. After identifying promising sites, we completed this pre-feasibility study that yielded positive conclusions. However, due to a change in electrification plans in South Africa, the sites chosen were no longer eligible for implementation.

Nevertheless, we published the findings from our pre-feasibility study. Interested parties with similar rural electrification projects and programs in the region can benefit from the conclusions and lessons learned.

Participating members and partners

  • ScottishPower
  • EDF
  • Hydro-Québec
  • Kansai Electric Power
  • RWE
  • Eskom
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