Resource-based Technology Innovation in South Africa: Innovations in South Africa’s Off-grid Concessions Programme

by CLARK, A., 2005
Research Report, Employment Growth & Development Initiative, Human Sciences Research Council

Clark reviews South Africa’s off-grid electricity concessions programme, an important component the National Integrated Electrification Programme. This programme was aimed at offering access to photovoltaic solar home systems in deep rural areas, pending the supply of grid electricity throughout the country. It is a case study contribution to the Human Sciences Research Council’s project to understand the character of lateral migration of technology from resource based industries. It is aimed at deepening analysts’ and planners’ understanding of processes of innovation in the South African energy sector, and identifying key lessons that maybe applied elsewhere.