IN DEPTH: Greener Rainbow nation

Local PV manufacturer ARTsolar’s factory near Durban

Local PV manufacturer ARTsolar’s factory near Durban

In defiance of its critics and its own self-defeating impulses, South Africa has instituted one of the world’s most successful renewables initiatives of recent years.

Three bidding rounds since 2011 have seen nearly 4GW of wind and solar awarded; the first wave of major projects are nearing completion across the country; and the appetite for renewables remains strong — the recent third bidding round was oversubscribed by more than 400%.

There is much for South Africa to boast about. Yet all this hard-won momentum is far more vulnerable than President Jacob Zuma’s government seems to realise.

There is no question that South Africa has become a renewables market of global significance — an amazing achievement for an energy-starved Log in to read complete article.

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