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‘Challenges’ to SA’s renewable energy targets

‘Challenges’ to SA’s renewable energy targets

SOUTH Africa can afford to be more ambitious in its renewable energy targets, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report.

 

Key to competitive renewable tariffs would be more local content which would offset a depreciating rand, as well as attractively priced debt.

 

But the WWF acknowledged “several challenges” to a 19% renewables target by 2030, including integrating renewables into the transmission network, largely centred in Witbank and Gauteng, the need to liberalise the energy sector and co-ordinate policy among different departments. Megan sager, director of environmental consultants Consulting for Sustainable Solutions, said on Friday the projections assumed about 2,200 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy was added each year, at an annual cost of about R78bn, bringing the total to 35,000MW by 2030. But this still reflected a relatively low growth rate in renewable energy compared to emerging economies such as Brazil, India or China.

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