South Africa signs deals for wind energy to ease power outages

South Africa has inked the first three of a series of agreements with independent producers to supply wind energy amid worsening blackouts in the continent’s most industrialised economy.

The coal-dependent country picked 25 wind and solar projects to generate a total of 2,583 MW, a boost of roughly 4.5 per cent on current capacity. The first projects are not expected to come on line before the end of 2024. Notably, South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom, currently generates a daily average 26,000MW of electricity against national demand of 32,000MW.

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