Networking seminar – Economic and community development through the REIPPPP

Networking seminar participants.

The ongoing Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPPP) programme is attracting attention from the social sciences. The programme’s mandated community development investment challenges industry practice in project development and implementation. Increasingly, academic attention grows in support of industry, civil society and government, to maximise the investment’s developmental contribution. The Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted a networking seminar for researchers working on this topic on the 21 st April 2016. The 23 participants were… Read moreNetworking seminar – Economic and community development through the REIPPPP

New report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP

The EPD team have launched a new publication in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) titled: Making Communities Count: maximising local benefit potential in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). In South Africa, independent power producers (IPPs) of renewable energy are invited to bid to take part in a large-scale, innovative, government-led scheme which aims to not only increase the share of renewable energy in the national grid, but also to… Read moreNew report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP

Bethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

  Earlier this year I visited Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC) with three UCT students from the Engineers without borders (EWB) team (Ondela Mabusela, Tumelo Gabaraane, Matt Docherty) and ERC staff member, Anya Boyd, to see how the facility operates and gain technical and practical exposure to some of the renewable technology that is being used and developed by teachers and students at the school. The BBDCD centre trains students and hosts workshops on topics including renewable energy,… Read moreBethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

ERC Seminar on Research on RE IPPPP

We invited to this seminar to share some of the thinking and research the ERC has been and still is doing around the RE IPPPP. Our researchers are engaged with different aspects of this programme and briefly presented their work. Louise Tait introduced the RE IPPPP and will then be speaking about the economic development elements in particular. She is presenting the findings of her masters thesis research. Louise did her masters with the ERC and is now working for the… Read moreERC Seminar on Research on RE IPPPP

Current EPD work

The Energy, Poverty and Development group is concerned with energy issues that affect sustainable development and improved livelihoods for poorer communities in South Africa and other developing countries. Current research topics are: low-carbon development, mitigation and poverty household energy interventions and policies community development in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP) energy access The research generally includes a process of feedback to national policy-makers and energy supply agencies. The experiences gained through our fieldwork and policy research are… Read moreCurrent EPD work