Lighting the New Growth Path: Solar Energy, Job Creation, and Poverty Alleviation in South Africa

The official unemployment rate in South Africa is 24%; more than one-sixth of South Africans are living without access to electricity; South Africa’s total greenhouse emissions are amongst the top ten of developing nations; and South Africa’s peak electricity generation capacity is quickly dwindling. All of these challenges can be addressed through the inclusion of solar energy in multidimensional, innovative government strategies.

Angela Groves is the author of this report to which SAPVIA contributed, and which was published on 23 May, 2011.

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Market Segment
System Size
Total Capacity
0 - 30 kWp
Commercial and Industrial (C&I) - SSEG
30kWp - 1MWp
C&I Large Scale and utility scale
1MWP - 50MWp
Utility Scale
> 50MWp