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Eskom makes progress on renewable energy transition

  • 1 year, 4 months ago (2022-10-17)
  • David Flin
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South African utility Eskom has announced that it has signed agreements for four renewable power producers to use land around its power plants to accelerate getting new capacity online. These agreements should help bring more renewable capacity onto South Africa’s power grid.

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Eskom has committed to replace 22 GW – almost half of its thermal power capacity – with renewable energy by 2035. However, progress has been slow.

Eskom said that the agreements would give the IPPs access to commercial leases and use of land parcels to set up renewable capacity at two of its power stations with direct access to the national grid. The projects would consist of wind, solar, and battery storage, and are expected to generate up to 2000 MW. It said that it would take 24-36 months for the capacity to come online.