North West positioned for investment in renewable energy


South Africa is currently the 14th largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, a reflection both on the country’s heavy reliance on coal and energy inefficiencies. The white paper on renewable energy (2003) has set a target of 10 000GWh of energy to be produced from renewable energy sources (mainly from biomass, wind, solar and small-scale hydro) by 2013 (5% of total electricity).The target was confirmed to be economically viable with subsidies and carbon financing.


Mining is the greatest consumer of electricity in the Province using 63% of electricity and renewable energy interventions should occur in this sector. Nearly 20% of the population in the NW does not have access to electricity.

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