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Webinar recording: Taking advantage of the increased 100MW threshold: The C&I business case

Duration: 60 minutes

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement to increase the self-generation without a licence threshold from 1MW to 100MW has been a long time coming for South Africa’s commercial and industrial sector. 

While there are regulatory details to iron out, the announcement signals in theory that it will become easier for companies to enter into Power Purchase Agreements with private entities. Instead of a lengthy licencing process, a future applicant would only need to register their generation project with the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

Small scale embedded generation in the C&I sector is a growth industry, especially the use of solar energy, across Africa. Most often the decision to self-generate is a business imperative entered into because it is the only way a company can ensure reliable, available and sustainable electricity.  

In South Africa, load shedding threatens millions of jobs across all industrial sectors so the ability to control a steady supply of electricity would provide much-needed business stability. But, would what is essentially the creation of a decentralised power supply really make that much of a difference to the country’s decarbonisation efforts? 

Though the actual update of the Electricity Regulation Act Schedule 2 is now a matter of gazetting the paperwork, there are still many unanswered questions around the policies and regulations that will spell out exactly how this process will work.  

Join ESI Africa and Enlit Africa as moderator Claire Volkwyn, Enlit Africa head of content, spoke to Longi Solar and fellow panellists about:

  • How South Africa’s carbon tax rules affect any C&I client’s energy procurement decisions
  • What policy/regulations need expanding to smooth the way for companies to generate their own electricity up to 100MW on-site?
  • The potential effect of decentralised electricity on South Africa’s energy footprint


  • Kevin Robinson, Technical Sales Manager – MEA, Longi Solar
  • Shirley Salvoldi, Corporate Specialist Retail Pricing, Eskom
  • Piet van Staden, former Chairman, Intensive Energy Users Group of Southern Africa
  • Keith Bowen, Wholesale Manager Transmission Division, Eskom

Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith is a Content Specialist for ESI Africa.