Durban - The government will sign green energy deals worth R47 billion next week, paving the way for several new wind and sun power plants across South Africa.
The Department of Energy and Eskom will sign the deals on Monday and Tuesday with 28 companies to build 18 new solar photovoltaic plants, eight wind farms and two concentrating solar power plants to generate about 1 400 megawatts of renewable electricity.
Altogether, the government hopes to approve the installation of 3 700MW of renewable energy plants over the next eight years.
Although these account for only around five percent of the country’s future energy demand, the energy ministry says they mark a first step towards moving away from fossil fuel power stations.
Announcing new green energy targets at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban last year, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the introduction of solar, wind, biomass, biogas and hydro power projects would “change the country’s power generation paradigm forever”.