Commercial-scale renewable energy in South Africa and its progress to date

Baker, Lucy (2017) Commercial-scale renewable energy in South Africa and its progress to date. IDS Bulletin, 48 (5-6). pp. 101-118. ISSN 0308-5872

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While South Africa's electricity sector is heavily coal-dependent, the country has recently become an attractive destination for commercial-scale renewable energy investment. This article examines ongoing developments and challenges to the country's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers' Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP), from inception as a feed-in tariff in 2007, to its launch as a competitive bidding programme in 2011. The article discusses how the programme emerged out of a set of national conditions combined with international trends in renewable energy investment and technology development. The programme's successes include progressive requirements for socioeconomic development. However, since 2016, South Africa's renewable energy industry has faced complex challenges, including resistance by the electricity utility Eskom, itself embroiled within scandals of state capture and corruption, as well as the ability of Eskom's transmission grid to integrate renewable energy generation. Subsequent delays to the programme have generated uncertainty for stakeholders and the future of the industry.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science
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Depositing User: Lucy Baker
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 12:16
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 10:30

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Urban Transformation in South Africa Through Co-Designing Energy Services Provision PathwaysG1982ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/N014138/1