Additional power generation hoped to end loadshedding

Additional power generation hoped to end loadshedding

While the country continues to struggle with the crippling effects of prolonged loadshedding, recent indicators point to a light at the end of the tunnel that is lit by renewable power generation.

This is as the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has provided its concurrence to a Section 34 Ministerial Determination, issued earlier this year, which opens the way for the procurement of 6,800MW of wind and solar PV power.

Since the announcement by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe last week key stakeholders, including Eskom and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), have also welcomed this development.

“Given the current supply constraints, this additional generation capacity is urgently required and will be an important contribution towards ending loadshedding and ensuring energy security for the country,” says Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.

Eskom stated that it is looking forward to collaborating with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the IPP Office to enable an accelerated execution to bring additional capacity onto the grid in the shortest space of time possible.

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Source: EsiAfrica

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