A System Cost Analysis of Embedded Generation vs Utility-Scale Solar PV

South Africa’s latest integrated resource plan describes a rapid solar photovoltaic (PV) build programme, with 7 gigawatts of new capacity being built by 2030. Virtually all of this capacity will be built in the form of utility-scale solar PV plants in areas of highest solar resource. This paper analyses the system-cost implications of an alternative arrangement where the solar PV is connected to the distribution network, known as small-scale embedded generation (SSEG). (Sustainable Energy Africa, 2021)

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