oa Discourse - The role of renewable energy in the South African electricity supply industry



Extracted from text ... Over the past two decades, Renewable Energy (RE) hasbeen largely applied as the primary energy sourcefor stand-alone power solutions supplying lowcapacity applications in areas that are farremoved from the electrical grid.Grid applications have been limited to a fewhydro stations and some biomass generation (mainly for ownconsumption), while Eskom has been actively researchinglarge-scale applications under its SABRE-Gen (SouthAfrican Bulk Renewable Energy Generation) programmesince 1998. This programme has to date led to tworenewable energy demonstration initiatives, namelythe Klipheuwel Wind Energy Demonstration Projectin the Western Cape and the Solar Dish Stirlinginitiative in Midrand, Johannesburg.


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