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Sola Lawson: Gas/Solar Diversification Needed in Nigeria to Escape Power Shortages

Nigeria’s chronic power shortages have been a defining feature of the country’s path to sustainable economic development. As an oil-producing net importer of petroleum products, this makes the lack of investment in Nigeria’s…

Garden Route to Get R1.2-billion Solar Farm to Counter Load-shedding

A R1.2-billion solar farm project has been approved by the National Treasury, Kannaland municipal manager Reynold Stevens has confirmed. Stevens announced the project during an oversight visit to the Garden Route district municipality recently,…

South Africa Will Embrace Private Power Generation, President Ramaphosa Says

South Africa will embrace efforts by businesses to generate their own electricity, President Cyril Ramaphosa said recently, reacting to growing frustration at red tape throttling private power generation. Ramaphosa is under pressure over…

The Largest Green Energy Projects in South Africa

As Eskom fails to keep unplanned breakdowns at below 9,500MW - the level at which it is forced to consider load shedding - since the start of December, there is growing pressure on government to fast-track renewable power projects. Ntombifuthi…

World Bank Cuts South African GDP Growth Forecast Due to Eskom’s Load Shedding

The World Bank is the first key institution to cut its economic growth forecast for South Africa to below 1% for 2020 due to electricity supply concerns. It now expects the economy to expand by 0.9% this year, the Washington-based lender…