Nica Richards
Premium Journalist
6 minute read
3 Aug 2020
5:01 pm

SA may never be able to fully rely on renewables

Nica Richards

Greenpeace believes South Africa can be 100% reliant on renewable energy, but an energy expert does not foresee us relying heavily on renewables for the next 30 years.

An aerial view of a coal fired power station on the Vaal River. Photo: iStock

While some have called on increased investment in renewable energy, the truth is that South Africa is unlikely to be free from the clutches of coal, and by extension Eskom's increasing prices, any time soon, according to experts. In the coming weeks, renewable energy players will be holding their breath while they wait for bid documentation for 2 000 MW of emergency power to be released.  The Mineral Resources and Energy Department budget vote address delivered by Minister Mmaloko Kubay-Ngubane on 21 July announced that the emergency power programme unlocks R250 billion in investment opportunities for, among others, the renewable...