IRENA/SANEDI workshop: Renewable energy planning for the Southern African Power Pool

19 – 20 November 2012 |Johannesburg, South Africa


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), along with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) held a workshop on energy planning to develop power pool systems for the region. The workshop took place at SANEDI on 19-20 November, with IRENA demonstrating practical applications of the System Planning Test (SPLAT) model – known until recently as the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) model – for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Presentations included reports and data on SPLAT application, with results for a non-hydro scenario and various other renewable energy scenarios. The countries targeted in the discussion were: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Meeting announcement
Workshop summary

SPLAT model input data in Excel:
Electricity demand assumptions
Electricity generation data file
Load data file
Transmission lines and projects

SPLAT model results in Excel:
Renewable Promotion Scenario
Renewable High Cost Scenario
No Grand Inga Scenario
No Carbon Finance Scenario
SAPP summary (scenario comparison)

SPLAT model files:
SPLAT model file (Note that file can only be read with MESSAGE software)

Full descriptions of the scenarios and methodologies are given in IRENA’s publication, Southern African Power Pool: Planning and Prospects for Renewable Energy.

More information on the MESSAGE software can be found on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) website here