JOHANNESBURG – The renewable energy industry has welcomed Eskom chief government Andre de Ruyter’s assist of an elevated distributed technology license exemption cap.
Last week in an ENSafrica webinar, de Ruyter backed reforms to permit anybody to build their very own technology services of as much as 50 megawatts (MW) without having a licence.
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) on Monday mentioned that distributed technology can add capability to the grid, cut back load-shedding, and create jobs however there have to be coverage and regulatory motion.
SAPVIA chief operations officer Nivesh Govender mentioned they’d lengthy been engaged in advocating for the systematic easing of licensing thresholds.
“We therefore welcome the support of the state-owned utility for lifting licensing thresholds from 1MW to 50MW in order to accelerate distributed generation by large customers,” Governder mentioned.
“As a key sector player, Eskom’s support in this effort should encourage more haste in regulatory changes from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa).”
Increased deployment of embedded technology capability will launch the strain on Eskom’s already constrained provide which is tormented by frequent power cuts.
South Africa’s energy plan, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019), removes the necessity for ministerial approval for distributed technology for personal use above 1MW earlier than Nersa can course of a technology license application.
The IRP units out a path to pursue a diversified energy combine that reduces reliance on a single or a number of main energy sources by 2030.
Business Leadership SA (BSA) additionally mentioned Eskom’s assist for energy reforms was a transfer that might quickly result in massive investments by corporations in their very own energy infrastructure.
BSA chief government Busi Mavuso mentioned that, together with readability on renewable energy timetables, may spur a inexperienced financial system industrialisation wave.
“Clarity on the renewable energy programme means backing the successful formula that has delivered four rounds so far, one that everyone from banks to construction firms understand well,” Mavuso mentioned.
“Introducing uncertainty, particularly around the extent of local input required, would delay energy security, increase costs of bids and ultimately slow down the economic recovery and green industrialisation process.”
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