Powers-that-be finally get serious about green energy

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Powers-that-be finally get serious about green energy

Government makes clear that it expects the renewable energy industry to contribute more to SA’s development

Lisa Steyn

As the Integrated Resource Plan is at last released, now with a generous allocation for wind and solar power, the government has made it clear that it expects the renewable energy industry to contribute more to SA’s development.

 At a recent wind industry gathering in Cape Town, mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe told delegates they had to play a significant part in the industrialisation agenda.

The climate change issue aside, Mantashe said renewable technologies could create the “green economy” jobs that are needed. A big portion of the renewables allocation in the plan is localised, with industrialisation being the imperative for transformation, he said...

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