Advances in concentrating solar power in the Southern African Development Community

N/A | January 8, 2019

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Electricity generation from solar radiation is becoming more prominent in the Southern African Development Community region. At present, most of the electricity in this region is produced from coal (Figure 1), and the regional rate of access to modern energy services stands at an average of 42% overall, and 10% amongst rural communities (SADC, 2016). A high proportion of the people living in these rural areas are poor (Mungwe et al., 2016), and the demand for electricity within the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) is expected to increase from 285.6 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2015 to 1060.6 TWh in 2040 (Ouedraogo, 2017). Consequently, there is a need to augment the capacity of electricity production from renewable energy resources, such as solar radiation, at an affordable cost.

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