G7 in the news, 18 May 2020
“Renewable energies in South Africa contribute to localisation and in particular with large and regular procurement rounds as currently planned in the latest IRP 2019, along with expected changes in supply chains following Covid-19, it is the best moment to reinforce and launch localisation to strengthen the country’s energy independence.” Veronique Fyfe commented in an interview with Engineering News.
“South Africa’s energy demand “will grow exponentially” [post COVID-19] as South Africa further eases Covid-19-related restrictions and the strain on electricity supply experienced prior to the pandemic will likely return.
“This “will have massive implications” and likely have a compounding effect as the country tries to stabilise the economy after the pandemic”.
“It is therefore essential, she emphasises, that the focus on renewable energy “is not pushed to the wayside”, as wind farm development and renewable energy development as a whole will allow South Africa to “ensure a sustainable energy future” and meet the targets as set out in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019).
“According to the IRP 2019, wind will represent 17 742 MW of installed energy capacity in the country by 2030.
“When the humanitarian crisis has passed, the country will again face energy supply constraints that contributed to the country’s muted economic growth prior to the COVID-19 pandemic reaching local shores.”
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