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Economic Development - South Africa Turns to Solar to stop Power Cuts

Graham Watson

29th November 2022

This article is remarkable if only for the statistics relating to the take up of solar power in South Africa. For a country with 8 to 10 hours of sunshine per day to only generate 0.9% of its electricity this way is criminal.

Equally, one of the other insights that strikes me on reading the passage is fact that the take of of renewables has been hamstrung by the state-ownership of the electricity sector. As a result, it seems that the way forward is the creation of mini-grids independent of state-owned Eskom.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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