Govt tapping into green energy to help Eskom

File: Government is tapping into green energy to potentially power up your homes.

File: =Government is tapping into green energy to potentially power up your homes.

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JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe says there are big plans to boost Eskom's national grid.

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Government is tapping into green energy to potentially power up homes.

Mantashe says government plans to increase power supply to help Eskom reduce its load.

"We are believing in mixed sources of energy, 6,800 will be from renewable energy. A big amount will come from storage, which will be 513 MW, 3,000 MW from gas and 1,500 from coal. All these will give you 11,813. That will be taken off the pressured Eskom," said Mantashe.

Last week, government gazetted plans to begin the bidding process for new power producers.

It is expected the first electricity would be fed into the grid by 2022.

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eNCA