ECN publication
Title:
Accelerating the market penetration of renewable energy technologies in South Africa
 
Author(s):
Martens, J.W.; Lange, T.J. de; Cloin, J.; Szewczuk, S.; Morris, R.; Zak, J.
 
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 1-10-2001
 
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-C--01-052 ECN publication
 
Number of pages: Full text:
113 Download PDF  

Abstract:
There exists a big potential for renewable energy technologies in SouthAfrica and despite the fact that rapid growth of the application of renewable energy is taken place in many parts of the world, the current installed renewable capacity in South Africa is negligible. The objective of this study was to address this gap by analysing ways to accelerate the market penetration of re-newable energy technologies in South Africa. The activities undertaken in this study contain two major components: a thorough analysis of South Africa?s specific constraints and barriers to renewable energy implementation, and a review of the lessons learnt from Member States of the EU on the promotion of renewable energy development. The focus of the study was restricted to the analysis of electricity generating technologies, in particular solar, biomass, wind and mini-hydro renewable energy technologies. The report suggests recommendations to stimulate the market penetration of renewable energy technologies in South Africa. They are structured in: actions to enhance the policy framework for renewable power generation, actions to enhance the policy framework for off-grid renewable energy, and recommendations to stimulate renewable energy project development.


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