The nation is not abandoning coal completely. It is currently in the process of building the world’s 3rd and 4th largest coal-fired power plants. But the government is hoping to have less of a reliance on fossil fuels as the costs of carbon emissions and global warming continue to rise.
The new generating power is expected to come from a mix of other sources, including nuclear, hydropower, renewables, and electricity from neighbouring countries. 42% of the new power generation is expected to be from new renewable plants.
And South Africa’s renewable energy market is already promising. Just last week, the second bi-annual South African Solar Energy Conference wrapped up, bringing with it a wealth of information about the state of the renewable market in the country.
A number of wind plants are about to provide electricity to the nation’s power grid, participating in the Independent Power Producers program. Further, a new 50 MW solar plant is opening up in De Aar. Finally, a “solar energy roadmap” is currently under review and is slated for release later in the year.