Scaling up the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (ACEC) project

SACREEE has partnered with IRENA to scale up the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (ACEC) project. ACEC aims to accelerate the expansion of renewable electricity production, taking advantage of the continent’s enormous untapped potential and helping to sustain future growth through renewable power development zoning, planning processes, enabling mechanisms, capacity building and public information.

The zoning work is being reviewed and updated in order to account for latest developments on the ground since the finalisation of the study. It is being deepened at national levels, and used in different planning models to allow a more accurate assessment of renewable energy deployment potential within each country. Working with key stakeholders, IRENA and SACREEE are translating results of this work into projects to be considered in the regional and continental planning processes and possible development.

A workshop was held in Windhoek, Namibia, from on 24 and 25 April 2017 in partnership with the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). In attendance were representatives from Ministries of Energy, national utilities, regulatory bodies and research institutions.

 The overall objectives of the workshop were to:

1.      Review the zones in each country identified in the 2015 study to take into account any developments that may have happened after the study;

2.      Collect complementary data on projects developed or planned since the 2015 study;

3.     Initiate project site analysis by collecting information and status of planned national/regional generation projects from country stakeholders and presenting an overview of the planned financial feasibility (characterizing, qualifying and screening) of selected potential sites earmarked for development;

4.     Agree on the project sites to be assessed under the site assessment study;

5.      Present an overview of the AREI to technical stakeholders in the Southern Africa region and explore collaborative work; and

6.      Present an overview of SACREEE work and explore collaborative work.

 

Do you want to know more about the Africa Clean Energy Corridor (ACEC) project, contact; energy@sacreee.org