Global Energy Watch informs us that South Africa has started on a program to add 17.8 GW of electricity by 2030.  This will account for 42% of the additional electricity capacity that is planned to be installed by that date.

The first phase has started with South Africa’s Department of Energy launching an international tender for the construction of renewable energy plants totaling 3.7 GW by 2016.  This phase is expected to cost $11 billion (US).   The tender includes 1.8 GW of onshore wind, 1.4 GW of solar photovoltaic, 200 MW of solar thermal, 100 MW of biogas-fuelled plants and 75 MW of hydroelectric power.

At the present time the country is strongly dependent on coal, which meets 72% of primary energy needs and more than 84% of electricity demand.


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