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SA’s future in solar and wind power

Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, has conducted preliminary analysis of South Africa’s wind and solar resources to understand the impact of introducing larger quantities of renewable energy to the electricity system. The initial results reveal two significant findings; firstly, electricity generated from wind and solar resources closely follows the nation’s electricity demand profile, meaning they generate power at the time of day it is most needed. Secondly, when wind and solar generation are combined, the net effect is a significant contribution to baseload power. 

Commenting on the results Mainstream’s Chief Executive Dr Eddie O’Connor said: “This initial analysis strongly underpins the South African Government’s commitment to renewable energy; not only are wind and solar power cheaper than new fossil fuel generation here in South Africa but when combined, they can make a very significant contribution to baseload power at the time of day it is most needed.” 

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