Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
SEEGER, M. and MINNITT, R.. Developing green energy projects in Southern Africa - a mining investment approach. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2010, vol.110, n.10, pp. 621-628. ISSN 2411-9717.
The demographics and the growing numbers of people provide a strong signal that the demand for electrical power in Southern Africa will grow considerably over the foreseeable future. Without a steady and increasing supply of electricity development of the continent is likely to be constrained. The inventory of solar, wind, hydrothermal, geothermal and biomass resources will probably provide sources of energy for the future The parallels between extraction of natural resources in the minerals industry and the green energy industry is striking, and the well-established project development process in the minerals industry provides an ideal and useful template for comparing the establishment and development of green energy projects. The potential levels of power generation and carbon savings are described.
Keywords : African energy; renewable energy; natural resources; electrical power; mineral development; carbon saving; mining investment.