As fossil fuel industries and infrastructure reach the end of their historical cycle, renewable energy should become a pivot for South Africa’s industrial development.  At present, roughly 85 per cent of electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants.

What is clear is that there is serious strain on South Africa’s energy security and the ongoing electrification crisis reinforces the need for a low carbon pathway that delivers jobs, economic growth, and social benefits. While the  government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPPP) and other policies have catalysed a shift in the energy market, the transition to renewable energy is not happening at the speed and with the urgency required.

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