IPPs can produce up to 7,000MW of power but red tape delaying process - Saippa

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IPPs can produce up to 7,000MW of power but red tape delaying process - Saippa
© Cindy Archillies/EWN Robben Island which previously relied solely on diesel generators has transitioned to solar energy. CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s load shedding woes are continuing.

Eskom has been battling to keep the lights on and as a result, the country has been saddled with stage 4 power cuts.

It begs the question, when are we going to start seeing the output that will be produced by the independent power producers coming into play?

Chairperson of the South African Independent Power Producers Association (Saippa), Thomas Garner, said that they had the capability to produce 6,000 to 7,000 megawatts of power collectively.

He said that it was only a question of time until they could do it.

“We are two years from getting the power on the grid and that’s because of red tape or bureaucracy and legal challenges to conceive a programme and issues like that,” he said.

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