South Africa targets more renewable power, nuclear expansion to go ahead
South Africa will have connected 7,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to its grid by July, the energy minister said on Wednesday, and still plans to go ahead with a nuclear expansion plan.
Africa’s most industrialised country has turned to solar and wind power to diversify its energy mix and help plug electricity shortages. The first 47 renewable energy independent power producers are due to be fully operational by July.
It also hopes to install 9,600 megawatts of nuclear power in the next 15 years to address chronic electricity shortages but the cost of the project estimated at about $100 billion has raised budgetary concerns.
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