The Solar Energy Technology Roadmap (SETRM) is an initiative of the Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) supported by CSIR and SANEDI. This initiative will be supported by both local and international organisations such as the GIZ and the International Energy Agency (IEA) that the PSC deems relevant.
The purpose of the SETRM is to prepare a guide to the local development of solar energy technologies and their deployment taking into consideration relevant policies and initiatives. The DST has developed a SETRM in 2010 but the scope covered on the DST study was limited to Research and Development of solar technologies.
The IEA describes a roadmap as a strategic plan that outlines the steps a country needs to take to achieve stated outcomes and goals. It clearly outlines links among tasks and priorities for action in the near, medium and long term. Technology-specific roadmaps are intended to support the development of a specific type of technology, e.g. solar PV, CSP, etc. South Africa however, has opted to develop a consolidated roadmap for both solar PV and CSP technologies which will be based on the IEA methodology.
Various national departments and industry players have specific interests in respect of the development of solar energy technology in South Africa and it has become critical to develop a single document that consolidates these disparate efforts and maps out a pathway that all stakeholders can follow. As such, the SETRM also aims to improve coordination in the sector.
SAPVIA together with selected national departments, academia and local/international institutions of interest, were asked to be members of the extended Project Steering Committee (PSC) in order to provide the crucial input into the development of the roadmap.
SAPVIA has had representation at all PSC meetings and has contributed to the development of the baseline reports. The second draft of the PV baseline report is available for download here and comments on the report can be directed to Richard Stanford: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make the email subject line ‘PV baseline report’. Alternatively comments can be left on this website in the space provided below.