New renewable energy projects that will be built close to existing electricity grid infrastructure will need a letter from Eskom approving the project location.

That is according to an amendment to the requirements for environmental authorisation gazetted on Monday by the department of environmental affairs. It requires that a proponent requests and obtains a consent letter from Eskom confirming that the proposed layout of the facility will not unnecessarily obstruct access to the main electricity transmission or distribution substation...

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