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November 14 just after 9pm; repeated on November 15, 9.30am and 9.30pm; November 18, 10.30pm
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Focus on renewable energy
South Africa is making progress in turning to renewable energy to help feed its national grid. The Department of Energy, for example, has just announced successful bidders in the third round of its renewable energy procurement programme.
It is another milestone on the way to diversifying the country's energy mix, reducing its reliance on coal-fired power and introducing new, cleaner energy, and new private sector producers, into the mix.
On Thursday, November 7, a Business Day Dialogue chaired by Business Day deputy editor Hilary Joffe featured a range of experts discussing the key challenges of renewable energy in South Africa: what it means for small business, funding for independent producers, the effect on conventional power generation and much more.
Professor, UCT Graduate School of Business
CEO, Red Cap Investments
Head of infrastructure, energy and telecoms, Nedbank Capital
Director-general, Department of Energy
Chairman, South African National Energy Association
|JOHAN VAN DEN BERG
CEO, South African Wind Energy Association
SA’s independent power producer renewable energy programme has presented banks with opportunities to generate income
Enormous opportunity in South Africa’s renewable energy sector is combined with a ‘massive pricing war’
New technology, unfamiliar partners and even the forces of nature present challenges to all the companies involved
Independent power producers who agreed two years ago to build R28bn of generation infrastructure will start selling power to Eskom next year
SA must keep eye on level of foreign investment in its renewable-energy industry, Business Day Dialogue on the sector hears
Success of government’s renewable energy procurement process has the potential to spill over into other state infrastructure projects
It is risky, however, to rely on a single energy source, Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane says