Date set for signing of contracts for 27 independent electricity projects

File: Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe has committed the government and Eskom to going ahead with 27 projects for renewable energy from private producers. Photo: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom is to sign long-delayed agreements with independent producers for renewable energy next week, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced.

The 27 renewable energy projects would create more than 61,000 new jobs and enable R56-billion of new investment in the economy, he said in a statement.

Eskom has been stalling on payment of the projects, despite former president Jacob Zuma having announced two years ago that the projects would go ahead.

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The projects have the potential to add more than 2,000 megawatts to the national electricity grid.  

Terence Govender, chairman of the SA Renewable Energy Council, welcomed Radebe's commitment to having the agreements signed.


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