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South Africa continues green mission

South Africa continues green mission
July 9, 2015 Kai Frolic

Power Crisis in South Africa

Renewable energy development is important in South Africa.  The country is facing a power shortage and their power utility Eskom has had to resort to ‘load shedding’, which means switching off the electricity supply, as a result [1], [2].

Renewable Energy Potential

South Africa has large areas with high amounts of solar irradiance, which makes it an attractive country for solar development. The country already boasts a 96 megawatt solar park [3] in the Northern Cape (known as Jasper), and is progressing two large concentrated solar power developments (Kathu solar park and Redstone Solar Thermal Power project) as part of the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Produces Procurement Programme (REIPPP). More about these developments can be read here.

A wind farm in South AfricaFigure 1: Wind Farm in South Africa

Current Proposals

During the fourth round of the REIPPP, South Africa reportedly [4] committed to award agreements to 13 projects for wind, solar, biomass and hydro totalling 1,121 megawatts. There are now plans for a further 6,300 megawatts under the REIPPP scheme.

Outlook

South Africa is continuing to express its intention to develop large-scale renewable energy projects. This comes at a time when the country is facing a real power supply problem, so there is no better time to exploit the country’s renewable potential.

Image accreditation: Untitled by Lollie-Pop via Flickr / CC BY 2.0 / Image cropped and resized from original.

References

[1] Unplugged, The Economist (last accessed 08 July 2015).

[2] Eskom information on load shedding

[3] Massive South African solar plant comes online, My Broadband (last accessed 08 July).

[4] South Africa to add 6.3 GW to future green tenders, Ivan Shumkov, (last accessed 08 July 2015).

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