South Africa’s PV Development- No Longer a Silent Revolution

16 March 2015
Solar power is becoming a viable replacement for coal-fired power generation in South Africa. As South Africa’s ageing coal-fired generation fleet approaches the end of its economic lifetime, there is an urgent requirement to find viable replacements.

Moeketsi Thobela, Chief Executive Officer, SAPVIA (South African Photovoltaic Industry Association) told Engerati that PV has the advantage of cost-competitiveness and ability to “follow the grid”, which means the technology is a front-runner as a mid-merit option to replace the coal-fired power generation capacity that will be decommissioned from the early 2020s. PV will achieve this in conjunction with other renewable energy technologies such as wind and concentrating solar power (CSP), as well as natural gas-fired combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs). Read more…

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