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Accelerated solar roll-out could help ease SA’s power constraints

Engineering News – ONLINE

14 March 2014

It is unacceptable that South Africa remains in the energy stranglehold of the current unreliable power supply. Last month the nation was again on “a knife edge” and facing an “emergency” as Eskomasked large users to cut consumption by a minimum of 10% to keep the system stable. South Africa’senergy safety net remains at precariously low levels, causing consternation among consumers and investors alike.

In a recent ‘state-of-system update’, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said he was “fully aware of the disruptive element of power constraints, particularly on the economy” and claimed that the situation we are going through “is only but transient”. It will be anything but transient unless government urgently acts to diversify the nation’s power supply to ensure energy security.  Read more…

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