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The latest steps to empower renewable energy producers are good news. While enabling solar power generation plants to take root all over the country might seem an obvious solution to SA's energy shortage given our sunny climate, there are various intricacies involved. Therefore, the urgency that now seems to be fuelling this progress should be welcomed.

On top of releasing the names of the eight preferred bidders, including three “power ship” projects selected as part of government’s 2,000MW emergency procurement programme, and announcing the much-anticipated fifth bid window (BW5) for the procurement of additional wind and solar energy, mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe also announced that the licence exemption cap for independent producers will be raised from 1MW to 10MW...

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