Revised IRP needs better energy choices to secure South Africa’s future – SAWEA

Revised IRP needs better energy choices to secure South Africa’s future – SAWEA

2ND MAY 2018


Calls for the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) are mounting, as it provides a clear technology roadmap that is essential to confirming investor certainty to 2050, says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

Such certainty, SAWEA added, is particularly important for growing job-creation prospects in South Africa’s renewable-energy manufacturingsector.

Given the country’s enormous socioeconomic challenges, SAWEA notes that the IRP should be based on a cost-optimal build and technology mix in support of socioeconomic development and environmental sustainability.

“As we have seen over the past two years in particular, where the lack of an updated IRP has been cited as one of the reasons for stalling renewable power procurement, job loss effects have been felt most directly in South Africa’s renewable manufacturing sector,” SAWEA CEO Brenda Martin laments.

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