Deputy President David Mabuza says government is looking at repurposing up to 7 of Eskom’s power plants, to ensure a more reliable electricity supply to the national grid.
Mabuza was answering questions in Parliament yesterday and said the bouts of loadshedding the country experiences have had a severe negative impact on the economy.
Mabuza says there is also currently a greater drive to incorporate renewable-energy sources into South Africa’s energy mix.
Watch Mabuza’s full address here.
- More than 100 Masiphumelele households connected to the City’s electricity grid.
- Hill-Lewis: Billions allocated towards making Cape Town SA’s first loadshedding-free city.
- African Development Bank supports South Africa’s drive to become a more energy secure economy.
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The SA Wind Energy Association has urged the Government to accelerate measures to increase the production of power from renewable energy sources.
With the country last week experiencing several bouts of loadshedding, the organization says ramping up the supply of electricity through renewable sources will see more power gradually become available to the national grid.
CEO of the SA Wind Energy Association, Niveshen Govender says land should be made available where wind farms can be erected.
Govender says loadshedding continues to severely impact businesses.
Read more here.
- SA Wind Energy Association: Renewables will decrease SA’s carbon emissions.
- Cape Town aims to become the first loadshedding-free city in South Africa.
- IPPS encouraged to submit tenders to supply Cape Town with electricity.
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Last year, Eskom announced its intention to auction land in Mpumalanga to private investors for renewable energy development. This would cut a lot of red tape & get much-needed power onto the grid relatively quickly.https://t.co/zGGQMjy3fa
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The South African Wind Energy Association says the introduction of more renewables into the country’s energy mix will help decrease South Africa’s carbon emissions.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, during his 2022 SONA last week, said several new generation projects will be coming online over the next few years.
This includes about 500MW to be generated through window 4 of the renewable energy programme.
SAWEA Chairperson Mercia Grimbeek says several of these projects are at an advanced stage.
Grimbeek says renewable energy sources hold an array of benefits.
Get the latest updates from the South African Wind Energy Association here.
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