Africa must embrace new technologies to meet rising energy needs
Faltering state-owned utilities and the plummeting cost of renewable energy are making decentralised power solutions increasingly attractive across the continent
SA is facing the return of rolling power blackouts. Despite receiving a $4.9bn bailout, the largest in the country’s history, Eskom — SA’s national utility power has once again imposed power cuts due to unforeseen breakdowns at its coal plants.
The economic costs of these blackouts, which have left shops, factory floors, restaurants and smelters in darkness for hours, are exorbitant and the lack of power continues to limit GDP growth more than any other infrastructure sector...