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.


Model Analysis & Planning Programme with Central Africa

Together with Central African Power Pool, IRENA is implementing a six month capacity building programme that is delivering practical training and insights to key staff of national energy institutions in the Central Africa region on how to develop national and regional generation and transmission capacity expansion scenarios.

The trainings aim to build and enhance capacity for long-term energy planning in eleven countries of the Central Africa Power Pool: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao-Tome Principe, Chad and Rwanda. Main deliverables of the Programme are envisioned to be:

  • Trained national experts on a least-cost-optimization modelling tool;
  • Long-term least-cost power system models validated and improved by the participants;
  • Power sector planning scenarios – with a focus on renewable energy – developed by the participants;
  • Reports on renewable energy prospects in the power sector for the participating countries prepared by the participants.


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