Mapping renewable energy sites

January 8th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT

 

visn-csirThe CSIR has released a map with initial identification of geographical areas best suited for the roll-out of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects in South Africa. These results form part of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) that the CSIR is conducting for wind and solar energy, on behalf of the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). The aim of the assessment is to designate renewable energy development zones within which such development will be incentivised and streamlined. These areas represent the locations in the SEA extent with the highest development potential and land that is technically available for development. The need for geographical distribution of generation capacity was also taken into consideration when identifying the study areas. Wind and solar PV study areas have been identified based on assessment of resource potential, social development needs, the electrical grid and a comprehensive set of environmental factors. The refinement of the study areas will be based on additional factors and sensitivities including social, technical and environmental considerations that will be assessed at the study area level.

Contact Cornelius van der Westhuizen, CSIR, cvdwesthuizen1@csir.co.za

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