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 (October 2015 – April 2016)

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 aimed 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 were experts from the energy planning offices at ministries, electric utilities and specialised agencies in those countries.


Model Analysis & Planning Programme with Central Africa (December 2020 – October 2021)

Together with the Central African Power Pool (CAPP), IRENA has implemented a capacity building programme that has delivered over 160 hours of practical training and insights to key staff of national energy institutions in the Central Africa region on how to develop model-based national generation capacity expansion scenarios.

The trainings aimed to build and enhance capacity for long-term energy planning in seven countries of the CAPP that were able to participate: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Rwanda.

For more details on the Programme, including full agenda and materials, please see:


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