National Electrification Programme

South Africa: National Electrification Programme

Under this policy, the government is encorporating electrification and energy into its development programs.  Photovoltaic-based solar home systems have been integrated into the National Electrification Programme to provide a basic energy source to those households that cannot be grid-connected within acceptable cost parameters.


Date Implemented: 1994-2001

Status: Government Initiative

Milestones: In the period 1994 to 1999 about 2.8 million households were connected to the national electricity grid, increasing the electrification level from about 36% in 1994 to about 75% at the end of 1998. A total of 400 000 connections were planned for the 2000 with rural connections accounting for 55% of these. The number of households electrified by the year 2030 is expected to increase to 84%, which is equivalent to 12.2 million households

References: National Communication to the UNFCCC, 2000