Jason Schäffler has more than 20 years of experience in techno-economic and policy analysis in the arenas of energy and electricity, and particularly renewable energy. He is Managing Director of Nano Energy, a renewable energy consulting firm in Johannesburg, specialising in renewable energy information systems. The company’s subsidiary, zaRECs (https://www.zarecs.co.za/), administers the National Renewable Energy Certificate registry on behalf of South African market participants. Jason’s particular interest lies in the benefits of the widespread application of renewable electricity generation, in particular for increased energy access applications.
Much of his work over the past years has been at the level of Southern African regional and national public policy and across the range of renewable energy technologies, with a specific focus on wind energy. He has extensive experience of working for private, public and international agencies, spanning from project development, strategy preparation and scenario modelling to project and programme evaluation. Geographically he has experience in such assignments regionally including in Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia and Kenya, and with regional, international and multi-national entities. Trained as a physicist, he holds an M.Sc. in Energy and Development from the University of Cape Town.
He is familiar with enterprise development and socioeconomic development criteria under consideration for attribute tracking of these in renewable energy projects using Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Jason participated in Multiple Benefits Analyses of Low Emissions projects including renewables for the USAID SALED projects. These benefits include those beyond GHG mitigation such as job creation and women and youth participation in these projects.