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Greenpeace Africa’s political advisor, is in support of South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s decision advising NERSA that it can consider granting licences to small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects with a combined capacity of 500MW.

The Minister highlighted that the regulator could pursue these licenses without the developer having to seek permission from the Minister for a deviation from the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)[1].

“Rooftop solar is a no-brainer; Greenpeace Africa therefore welcomes this move by the Minister of Energy to finally make sure that the country can go ahead with the installation of rooftop solar,” said political advisor Happy Khambule.

Khambule added: “We have some of the best renewable resources in the world. Unfortunately, red tape and bureaucratic delays have meant that South Africa has been unable to take advantage of the significant opportunities offered by rooftop solar. This move to streamline the process is long overdue and will go a long way towards easing the current electricity crisis.”

“Nevertheless, the most critical step forward would be the release of the country’s new electricity plan (IRP), which has faced heavy delays, and is essential for creating the necessary certainty in the electricity sector. Greenpeace Africa urges the newly elected Government to move very quickly to finalise the IRP, develop a plan for a just energy transition and to address the climate crisis,” ended Khambule. Read more: SAWEA supports licence for businesses to generate renewable power

According to Greenpeace Africa, Department of Energy deputy director for policy and planning Ompi Aphane confirmed that the Minister has responded by using his powers, under Section 11.2 (g) of the Electricity Regulation Act, to enable NERSA to consider licence applications in the absence of a specific deviation order. Watch: Jeff Radebe on SA’s energy landscape