South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other nations accelerate their plans for green energy.
According to data from Greenbyte, a renewable energy management systems manufacturer, SA lags far behind fellow BRICS country China which has 188 232MW (megawatts) of wind power capacity and 106 921MW of solar energy capacity.
SA has just 2 094MW of wind and 1 450MW of solar capacity.
Environmental activist organisation Greenpeace said the problem lay with renewable energy policy implementation.
“We have been stuck in a black hole for over two years while Eskom refused to sign the power purchase agreements for the recently approved 27 renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, which has created massive policy uncertainty in the renewable energy space,” said Nhlanhla Sibisi, Greenpeace Africa Climate and Energy campaigner.
“The utility was effectively holding the country to ransom, and national government did not intervene to ensure that the renewable energy projects went ahead. Added to this, the lack of an incentivising framework for rooftop solar and Eskom’s own lack of investment in renewable energy have created a significant under-investment in renewable energy,” Sibisi said.
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