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Industrial Info Resources

September 23, 2010 05:20 ET

South African Renewables Finding Place in the Sun With 5,000-Megawatt Proposal, an Industrial Info News Alert

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - September 23, 2010) -  Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- South Africa's power supply is forecast to come under heavy pressure in 2011 as industrial output moves to regain levels reached before the global financial crisis hit. There has been a short breathing space since the blackouts of 2008 and the subsequent power quota restraints on major electricity consumers. The need to back cost-effective, quickly implemented power projects, while at the same time moving on mega base-load thermal projects and considering a nuclear program, has brought renewable energy into focus for the country. There is now growing government support for a number of studies on renewable energy projects that feature captive and national grid-scale power facilities. In a country with some of the highest solar radiation locations in the world, solar power has suddenly become a major renewable technology choice.

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