Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107983
Authors: 
Ummel, Kevin
Fant, Charles
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/121
Abstract: 
South Africa hopes to expand wind and solar power. Success depends on how and where to deploy the technologies. This study develops a 10-year database of expected power generation for these technologies across South Africa. A power system model simulates the performance of different spatial deployment strategies in 2040. The results suggest that optimization of the location and quantities of the technologies could significantly reduce the cost of greenhouse gas abatement compared to conventional approaches. The data and techniques utilize open-source satellite data and software to minimize the cost of analysis, an approach that could be translated to other contexts.
Subjects: 
abatement cost
greenhouse gas emissions
low-carbon development
optimization
renewable energy
spatiotemporal modelling
JEL: 
Q40
Q42
Q47
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-842-1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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