South Africa sees 5,500 MW more renewable energy online by 2026

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa expects more than 5,500 megawatts (MW) of additional renewable energy projects to come online by 2026, electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said on Tuesday.

South Africa is in the midst of its worst electricity crisis ever, with households and businesses facing hours of daily scheduled power cuts due to repeated breakdowns at state utility Eskom’s ailing fleet of coal power stations.

Wind turbines produce renewable energy outside Caledon
Wind turbines produce renewable energy outside Caledon, South Africa, May 20, 2020. Picture taken May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

He added that 66,000 MW of wind and solar projects were under development across the country.

But some analysts have started to turn more optimistic that the government will make progress in reducing the intensity of the power cuts, helping the rand currency recover from a record low touched on June 1.

Reporting by Promit Mukherjee; Writing by Nellie Peyton; Editing by Alexander Winning

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