South Africa Energy Efficient by 2019

Johannesburg – Southern African energy ministers said on Friday that the region would achieve energy sufficiency by 2019, wiping out the present shortfall of 8 247 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

They said that the projects for new power generators already under way would produce an additional 24 062 MW of electricity by 2019. This, plus the rehabilitation of existing power plants, would create a surplus of about 15%.

Zimbabwean Minister of Energy and Power Development, Samuel Undenge, announced this after a meeting of Southern African Development Community (‘SADC) energy ministers.

They said in a statement that they expected 70% of the 24 062 MW of new generation capacity to be produced from renewable energy sources – hydro, wind and solar.

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