There’s scarcely a seat to be found on the renewable energy bandwagon in SA now, especially since Eskom has cut the schedule by indicating its unwillingness to sign new renewable energy offtake agreements. But this is likely to turn out to be a small blip in the long-term growth scenarios that a number of think tanks envisage for renewable energy based on the African continent’s need to address a severe backlog in energy provision, increasingly competitive costs of renewables and pressure from environmental lobbyists to add more carbon-neutral energy sources. There is a difference between renewable and alternative energy sources: renewable sources are wind, sun and hydropower, while alternative energy can be derived from wasting processes such as in the uranium or industrial sectors as long as these sources are carbon neutral. At present the JSE has only two listed companies that qualify as "green": Hulisani and Montauk Holdings. In SA alternative energy could also refer to any busi...

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