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Light at the end of the tunnel? Ramaphosa details plans to add megawatts to avert power crisis

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Government wants to enable households and businesses to tap into other sources of power — particularly solar energy. 

“SA has a great abundance of sun which we should use to generate electricity. There is significant potential for households and businesses to install rooftop solar and connect this power to the grid.

“To incentivise greater uptake of rooftop solar, Eskom will develop rules and a pricing structure — known as a feed-in tariff — for all commercial and residential installations on its network.”

This means those who can and have installed solar power in their homes or businesses will be able to sell surplus power to Eskom.

Ramaphosa said the priority is to speed up procurement of new capacity from renewables, gas and battery storage.

“The relevant government departments are working together to ensure that all projects from Bid Window 5 of the renewable energy programme can start construction on schedule.”

The amount of new generation capacity procured through Bid Window 6 for wind and solar power will be doubled from 2,600MW to 5,200MW.

“We will release a request for proposals for battery storage by September this year and a further request for gas power as soon as possible thereafter.”

Over the next three months, Eskom will take additional steps to urgently add new generation capacity to the grid.

As an immediate measure, surplus capacity will be bought from independent power producers.

Eskom will also purchase electricity from mines, paper mills and other businesses that have a surplus.

Botswana and Namibia have more power than they need.

Source: TimesLIVE