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SA pledges to meet green energy targets

2011-03-29 15:38

Johannesburg - South Africa will accelerate its renewable energy programme to meet a target of producing 10 000 gigawatt hours by 2013, an energy official said on Tuesday.

South Africa is struggling to meet fast-rising demand for power. State-owned utility Eskom has said supply would remain tight until 2015, and especially over the next two years.

"The uptake of renewable energy has been very slow and we should confirm that... currently we are sitting below 1% in terms of renewable energy introduction in terms of the market," Xolile Mabusela, director of energy efficiency and environment in the department of energy, told an African power conference.

"But at the same time the government is confident. One of the things that is currently being done is the review of the white paper and feed-in-tariffs by (the regulator) to ensure that the targets are achieved," he said.

South Africa is increasingly looking towards renewable energy to help plug its chronic power shortage and decrease reliance on coal-fired power stations, which provide most of the country's electricity.

Private producers and industry have long said they could supply thousands of much-needed megawatts, but have been blocked by a lack of power purchase deals.

South Africa cut proposed subsidies for renewable energy after it revised estimates for debt and inflation, a move likely to hurt green energy investment.

Comments
  • Judith - 2011-03-29 16:34

    Promises, promises - can we have some action please?

  • jakkals - 2011-03-29 16:39

    All's well in going green, but I still wonder where our green taxes on new cars are being utilized by our green conscious government? not seeing any new trees being planted or recycle centers being opened.

  • ohwhatever@24.com - 2011-03-29 16:57

    How about giving EVERY South African free solar energy power for their houses? Great that Eskom gives "rebates" but these are worthless to most ordinary S/Africans as we still cannot afford the outlay even with the discounts offered....there is currently very little initiative to get South Africans to consider alternative power sources, mainly because they are out of our reach

  • ohwhatever@24.com - 2011-03-29 17:10

    How about giving EVERY South African free solar energy power for their houses? Great that Eskom gives "rebates" but these are worthless to most ordinary S/Africans as we still cannot afford the outlay even with the discounts offered....there is currently very little initiative to get South Africans to consider alternative power sources, mainly because they are out of our reach

      Slypsteen - 2011-03-29 20:09

      Green energy is expensive ! Poto Voltaic (PV) electricty (not to be confused with Solar water pre-heating) cost R150,000 per Kw (captial outlay) the average geyser is 30Kw so do the math. That leaves the rest of the house to do as well and no battery maintainence costs. Typical off grid 3 Bedroom domestic house will cost R1 million to run off "Green" Energy - Get real ! Ps. gas is not green energy!

  • melisha.schultz - 2011-03-29 18:52

    lol another meaningless pledge that we taxpayers have to fork millions for while those in government live without worry and increase their overseas bank accounts. the tax payers fork out for basics that now cost way too much so the government may do good deeds of letting others enjoy those same amenities for free - we should fire the whole lot - the only time these government workers actually do any work its to make our lives harder and to rob us of the little we have - madness i tell complete madness

  • Realist - 2011-03-29 23:08

    my prediction of the ayencee's pledge to meet green energy targets is going to be by increasing carbon taxes.

  • Matthew Fam - 2011-03-30 09:24

    @slypsteen. Average geyser is 2kW, not 30!! PV costs are dropping like a stone - think your quote is very out of date. HOwever battery requirement does mean it is not as green as it sounds.

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