On November 16, CESI presented their study "Integration of Non-Programmable Renewable Energy in the National Electric System of South Africa" - developed in collaboration with RES4Africa - to members of Eskom’s grid planning departments at the Eskom Megawatt Park in Johannesburg. As South Africa continues its impressive renewable energy procurement and given the grid capacity constraints highlighted by Eskom’s GCCA reports, it is imperative that power system planning considers resource availability, grid capacity, optimal generation mix, and other technical aspects to ensure the success of renewable energy projects. As such, this study performs a geospatial analysis with high resolution to explore the value of V-RES in the whole South Africa and to support the identification of the most appropriate grid connection options and grid planning opportunities for renewable energy projects for the next decade in South Africa.
The day after, on November 17, CESI participated as speakers to the event "Evolving electricity landscape – opportunities for investments” hosted by RES4Africa in collaboration with Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the support of Energy and Water SETA in Pretoria. During their speeches, our colleagues presented the main key-messages of the Integration of Non-Programmable Renewable Energy in the National Electric System of South Africa study and the RE Integration and Utility unbundled scenarios aimed at supporting the decision-making process that is currently undergoing in South Africa to reform and unbundle Eskom.