SA should put its anti-solar policies where the sun doesn’t shine

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SA should put its anti-solar policies where the sun doesn’t shine

Many companies want to install solar photovoltaic projects at their operations, but they are hitting a brick wall

Allan Seccombe

For mining companies dealing with SA’s energy authorities it must be like sitting in front of the officious character in Little Britain, who taps pointlessly at a keyboard and rejects every single request with the bored and supercilious answer: “Computer says no.”

A large number of mining companies want to install solar photovoltaic projects at their operations and to hear executives talk of their efforts to secure the projects, some of which need just a signature to implement, you get a sense of the overwhelming frustration they feel.

While not wanting to cut the ties to Eskom entirely, companies such as Sibanye-Stillwater, Gold Fields, Anglo American Platinum and Orion Minerals are champing at the bit to get involved or launch solar power options...

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