Solar energy consumers gridlocked

Cape Times 18 February 2013.

Cape Town – South Africa has so much sunlight that millions of householders could install solar panels on their rooftops and generate electricity to feed into the national grid but, because selling electricity is one of the major sources of income for municipalities, this is unlikely to happen.

This is a major stumbling block to the large-scale installation of small-scale solar power generation, delegates to the Solar Energy Conference were told last week.

Municipalities buy electricity from Eskom and sell it to residents at a marked-up price. They rely on this income to cross-subsidise many of the other services they provide…

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