Durban - As Eskom’s woes continue to deepen AgriSA says it has the solution to ensure the lights in homes are kept on within a year, if its 500 applications for solar generation plants are given the green light by Eskom and the energy regulator.
Eskom this week plunged the country into darkness with rolling blackouts.
However, agricultural organisation AgriSA says it can circumvent the power utility’s troubles by opening up to 500 solar generation plants that have the potential to contribute 1400MW to relieve strain on the grid.
Nicol Jansen, AgriSA chairperson at the economics and trade centre of excellence, said more than 500 farmers wanted to put up solar plants on their farms, but had already applied to Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to establish the plants.
“This will give us an amount of 1400MW and that alone prevents stage 1 load shedding, and if the commercial banks are willing to take these solar plants for security, then more people can gain access to capital and we can double the figures that can prevent stage 3 load shedding for the entire country,” Jansen said.