Business Report
25 March 2015
The solar power industry is ready to install 2 000MW of electricity every year for the next five years to help ease the country’s electricity crisis – and has called on the government to increase the amount of renewable energy it will allow private companies to produce for the national grid.
To date, the government has signed up to buy a total of 1 484MW of solar power from producers in three rounds of bidding since November 2011 – but there are many companies waiting in the wings wanting to produce more.
Chief executive of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) Moeketsi Thobela said on Tuesday: “It’s clear the traditional model of electricity supply in South Africa is in crisis. So let’s accept it as such and not waste the opportunity it presents.”  Read more here…