This heightened interest is unlikely to let up in 2018, thanks to plans by the government to invest ZAR234 billion in energy infrastructure over the next three years. We are developing a prototype of a hybrid solar energy plant that will combine concentrated solar power (CSP) technology and photovoltaic (PV) solar technology into a single technology platform. CSP is seen as expensive, but it is very effective in producing solar energy 24 hours a day and during the night when the sun is down. In a nutshell, the renewable energy sector has a potential to create jobs while providing cheap electricity to the consumers. The government has indicated that the money will be used to develop and rehabilitate water infrastructure, including dams, canals, water treatment works, reservoirs and pipelines to connect households.
Source: The North Africa Journal January 12, 2018 08:48 UTC