Wind, solar power plants being built ‘thanks to policy certainty’

Business Day Live 20 February 2013.

THE sod had been turned on eight wind power and 18 solar power plants across South Africa in recent weeks, delegates at Johannesburg’s Energy Indaba said on Tuesday.

Policy certainty, for which the government had to be praised, had led to investment, along with the kind of competition that led to plummeting prices, said Werksmans director Happy Masondo.

The sod-turnings emanate from the first “window” of the Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producer programme that aims to produce 3,725MW from wind, solar, small hydro-gas, biogas, biomass and landfill gas by 2016…

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