Op-ed: Renewable energy in South Africa needs trust and better organisation
The renewable energy (RE) sector in South Africa is young, diverse and fragmented, with industry structures that are relatively immature. The current renewable energy industry associations in South Africa are characterised by technology and territorial competition, and can no longer be seen as representing the broader RE sector.
Currently, the existing RE industry associations are somewhat inwardly focussed and vie for membership and relevance among a membership base of developers, independent power producers (IPPs), technology providers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), equipment suppliers and installers.
However, the traditional boundaries between suppliers and customers of RE are radically changing, as customers and consumers also become generators or producers of electricity within the supply chain.