Regional Model Analysis and Planning Programme


IRENA provides regional training workshops on best practices in energy planning and grid integration of variable renewables using energy modelling tools. Programmes include:

Energy transition planning workshops in Africa 

Regional training workshops on energy planning have been held in Africa to support energy system planning in the region through the use of power system tools.


Model Analysis & Planning Programme with West Africa

IRENA and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) have organised a training programme to introduce SPLAT-W – the System Planning Test model for the West African power system. 

The trainings aim to build and enhance capacity for long-term energy planning in ten countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The participants are experts from the energy-planning offices at ministries, electric utilities and specialised agencies in those countries.


Regional trainings are typically based on IRENA’s System Planning Tool (SPLAT) model, which is regularly updated for Africa’s five regional power pools.

In addition to regional workshops for capacity building, IRENA also conducts regional planning workshops focusing on integration of high VRE shares. Learn more about these workshops under AVRIL project.

Other capacity building activities