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South Africa’s Solar Surge: In the last year and a half, South Africa has witnessed a remarkable surge in rooftop and on-site solar installations by private consumers. This growth surpasses what was achieved in the preceding ten years under government programs.

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The expedited adoption of solar energy comes as a response to the alleviating measures prompted by load shedding, encouraging residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors to enhance their self-reliance and reduce dependence on the grid.

Renewable Energy Initiatives

  • In 2010, South Africa initiated the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP), regarded globally as a best-practice approach for renewable energy implementation.
  • However, after the installation of 92 projects totaling 6,300MW of solar and wind between 2011 and 2016, the program came to a halt due to various factors, including government decisions and potential nuclear deals with Russia.
  • Following a three-year hiatus, the program resumed, with the current installed capacity comprising 3,442.6MW of wind and 2,287.1MW of solar as of late August 2023.

Solar Boom and Factors Driving Growth

  • Over a span of just over a year, solar capacity not contracted to Eskom or government programs surged from 981MW in March 2022 to 4,740MW by August 2023, a remarkable accomplishment.
  • This rapid growth is attributed to three key factors:
  • Substantial price reductions in solar energy, making it more cost-effective than Eskom power.
  • Regulatory changes that allowed private consumers to undertake projects above 1MW, leading to a surge in solar projects by industries, data centers, hospitals, and more.
  • Escalating load shedding incidents, prompting the installation of solar systems to offset the high costs of diesel generators during periods when solar energy is available.

Eskom’s Winter Outlook and Reduced National Demand

  • Eskom’s winter outlook in May 2023 anticipated high demand but was met with a surprising reduction in national demand compared to the previous year.
  • Contributing factors included increased wind generation, greater use of on-site solar and battery energy storage systems (BESS), high industrial tariffs, a sluggish economy, and the shift to gas for heating and cooking.
  • As of late August 2023, the national demand continued to decrease, signaling the positive impact of solar energy adoption.

Challenges and Benefits of Solar Power

  • Eskom acknowledges solar power as a “double-edged sword” due to its intermittency.
  • Solar energy can reduce grid strain, minimize reliance on costly diesel generators, and provide autonomy in electricity supply.
  • Solar is a global trend contributing to environmental sustainability.

Conclusion

South Africa’s rapid adoption of solar energy, driven by regulatory changes and load shedding concerns, has significantly reduced national demand. While solar energy has limitations, it presents a crucial solution in addressing grid instability and providing more control over electricity supply, contributing to a sustainable and resilient energy future

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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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