INTERVIEW: Johan Cilliers, First Solar

Johan Cilliers: 'At the current local-content threshold, we’re okay'

Johan Cilliers: 'At the current local-content threshold, we’re okay'

First Solar’s South Africa boss explains why the country is an exciting market for the PV industry

With ongoing discussions about future coal and nuclear plants, how committed is the South African government to renewable energy? The simple fact is that South Africa needs to get more power onto the system very quickly, and solar and wind are in the best position to do that. You need six or eight months to get a new [PV] plant on the system, whereas with a coal-fired power plant you’re looking at eight years or so. From that point of view, the government really has no choice but to look at Log in to read complete article.

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