South Africa: Funding crisis shifts renewable focus to embedded generation

Issue 296 - 12 Mar 2015 | 1 minute read

Given the REIPPP’s reliance on Eskom’s intractable financial situation, focus seems to be shifting towards stimulating the embedded or household solar photovoltaic (PV) market, which the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) estimated could produce as much as 22.5GW by 2030. However, the sector faces a number of challenges. According to South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) chief executive Moeketsi Thobela, many municipalities are concerned about the loss of revenue a significant uptake of embedded solar PV systems would entail. The regulatory framework lacks clarity, particularly with regard to licensing, and concerns continue about inadequate safety standards relating to the wiring of low-voltage connections.

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