SA on track with renewable energy

POWERING UP: Independent energy blogger Stephen Forder delivered an enlightening presentation on ‘Renewable Energy in South Africa’, and the processes that need to be put in place to keep South Africa from being cast back into the Dark Ages Picture: LEBOGANG TLOU

THE goal of reaching a 44% power generation increase in operational capacity by 2020 is well underway, according to independent energy blogger Stephen Forder, guest speaker at the Forum for Astronomy (Fast) at the Port Alfred Ski-boat club last week.

Forder said South Africa was well on track to adopting sustainable renewable energy practices.

Forder had high praise for the progress made in South Africa towards promoting independent power producers (IPPs), which are responsible for advocating for alternative modes of power and energy generation for the country.

“South Africa has achieved a remarkable amount in a very short space of time and for a short while, we were the global heroes in utility scale renewable energy,” Forder said.

The Eastern Cape, which is rich in wind, land and solar capacity, hosts a significant number of IPPs.

“Since 2012, the country has procured 6.4 gigawatts (GW) of capacity from 112 independent power producers (IPPs), with 17 of these projects located in the Eastern Cape. Of the total, about 3.5 GW from around 60 IPPs is online with about 500 MW still under construction.”

Regardless of this, South Africa still experiences a lot of struggles regarding electricity as well as power supply, which is mainly points to the tragedy of logistical and administrative inconsistency, according to Forder.

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