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South Africa Energy Landscape Undergoes Transformation as Eskom Faces Replacement

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South Africa Energy Landscape Undergoes Transformation as Eskom Faces Replacement

South Africa is undergoing a transformative shift in its energy landscape, with private companies and households increasingly taking control of their electricity generation. This shift is poised to surpass Eskom’s capacity by 2023, marking a significant change in the country’s energy dynamics. Here are the key highlights:

South Africa Energy Landscape Undergoes Transformation as Eskom Faces Replacement

Private Sector to Replace Eskom

Research conducted by RMB Morgan Stanley indicates that, within the next two years, the private sector will effectively replace Eskom’s generation fleet. Eskom’s performance has notably deteriorated in recent years, marked by record levels of load-shedding in 2023.

Changing Narrative

The narrative surrounding electricity generation and load-shedding in South Africa is evolving toward a more positive outlook. Private entities are stepping in to fill the void left by Eskom, reminiscent of how private airlines emerged after the collapse of South African Airways.

Solar Boom

South Africa is experiencing a surge in solar installations, with over 4,400 MW of rooftop solar capacity installed across the country, excluding government-procured solar. This figure is expected to increase by a remarkable 420% by 2030.

Rooftop Solar Growth

Data sourced from Eskom and Professor Anton Eberhard reveals that South African households and businesses installed 4,412 MW of rooftop solar within the 12 months leading up to June 2023. This represents a substantial 349% increase from March 2022.

Record Solar Panel Imports

The importation of solar panels has reached record levels, with South Africans importing panels worth R12 billion in 2023, contributing an additional 2,200 MW of capacity to the grid.

Impact on Eskom’s Revenue

The exponential growth in rooftop solar installations has begun to affect Eskom’s revenue, as an increasing number of private sector clients reduce their reliance on the utility for electricity. Eskom’s sales have declined by 2.3%, according to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

By the end of August, solar panels capable of generating 4,481 MW had been installed, representing a substantial increase of 2,500 MW compared to the previous year, excluding government-procured energy under the Independent Power Producers program.

This shift toward decentralized energy generation signifies a fundamental change in South Africa’s energy sector, with the private sector and renewable energy sources playing an increasingly dominant role.

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

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Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Until 05:00 on Tuesday, stage 4 loadshedding will continue. Until further notice, Stage 2 and 4 loadshedding will take place.

Eskom Loadshedding will continue until 5:00 on Tuesday, as previously announced

Monday, 10 July 2023: Stage 4 loadshedding is being implemented until 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday due to increased demand. On Wednesday, Stage 4 loadshedding will be implemented from 14:00 until 05:00, followed by Stage 2 loadshedding from 05:00 to 14:00.

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There will be a daily implementation of this pattern until further notice. A new update will be published if any significant changes are made.

As of now, 14 252MW of generating capacity has been damaged by breakdowns, while 4 118MW of generating capacity has been out of service for planned maintenance.

As of today, Duvha, Hendrina, Kendal, Kriel, Matimba and Medupi power stations have each reactivated a generating unit.

The Arnot and Tutuka power stations each had a generation unit out of service due to a breakdown during the same period.

Tutuka Power Station’s current capacity constraints are due to the delay in resuming two generating units. In order to restore service to the generating units, Eskom teams are working around the clock.

Members of the public are being encouraged to use electricity sparingly and efficiently, and we want to thank the people who do heed the call. During the period between 17:00 and 21:00, please turn off your geysers and pool pumps as this reduces demand, alleviates pressure on the power system, and contributes to fewer stages of load-shedding.

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