State needs to ‘understand true power’ of solar energy

THERE is a lack of understanding of solar power and what it can provide in Africa.

This is according to Johan Cilliers, regional director of photovoltaic solar system provider First Solar.

Speaking at a media briefing in Rosebank on solar energy on Tuesday, he said government leaders needed to be made aware of the possibilities solar power presents.

However, Mr Cilliers said solar power was not the only solution to South Africa’s energy crisis, but could help alleviate it.

“Obviously there needs to be an integration of all our energy sources to provide the best possible solution. Solar photovoltaic (power) is already cost-competitive and it can go a long way in helping to stabilise the electricity grid,” he said.

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