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SA maps the energy of the future, blow by blow


SA maps the energy of the future, blow by blow

Innovative Wind Atlas project captures data over 10 years to inform the potential of wind energy

Senior science reporter

There’s nothing like sitting in the dark during load-shedding to reflect on the monumental mess that is Eskom, and this recent bout came just as the government released its Integrated Resource Plan – first an incorrect version and then the correct one.

While coal still hogs the lion’s share at 60% in this blueprint document that maps out our energy policy up to 2030, more attention is shifting to other forms of energy – not the last of which are solar and wind.

The IRP provides for about 20,000MW of wind and solar power, and with SA ranked 12th in the world for the best place to invest in these forms of renewable energy, data is needed to determine the where, what and how...

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