The department of energy has committed South Africa to increasing renewable energy generation to 13 225MW by 2025 in terms of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan.
Last year, the Energy Department released a report on the state of renewable energy in South Africa, which showed that by June last year, 37 IPPs had already started commercial operation, adding 1 860MW to the system.
What’s the state of renewable energy now? John Maytham spoke to Professor Harold Winkler Director Energy Research Centre at UCT to find out how things are progressing.
Winkler says there are 3600 megawatts in the pipeline. Last year 1800 megawattwas connected to the grid, and another 2200 megawatts is in the fourth bidding window.
Renewable power is very efficient...people who are saying renewable energy cannot provide peak power, that is not true.— Professor Harold Winkler Director Energy Research Centre at UCT
Listen to the entire conversation below: