SA must grab 100MW chance to power up its renewable energy industry
The recent increase to the electricity generation threshold for private energy producers is a game-changer
SA is in the midst of a power crisis. Eskom’s ageing infrastructure, reduced reliability, inferior coal and the significant gap in power generation capacity and demand has left the country susceptible to rolling blackouts. These have also contributed to an increased frequency of load-shedding needed to reduce the burden on its power generation facilities. As a result, the government has had to face the fact that the national power utility is not in a position to easily or quickly turn its situation around.
However, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent landmark announcement to increase the electricity generation threshold for private energy producers from one to 100 megawatts (MW) could signal a new dawn for the country...