South Africa has "solar gold rush" potential: Emvelo

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South Africa has the potential for a "solar gold rush," South African power development group Emvelo said on Tuesday.

In a statement, Emvelo founder and director Pancho Ndebele said the solar power industry could create more than 200,000 new jobs in South Africa by 2020.

Solar power targets set by the South African government were insufficient, Ndebele said.

A draft integrated resource plan (IRP) 2010 by the South African government has so far allocated 200 megawatts (MW) of concentrated solar power (CSP) by 2015 and 600 MW by 2019, he said.

"This is far below what South Africa has the potential to achieve."

Ndebele said there is an opportunity to create a solar corridor in South Africa's Northern Cape province, with a number of solar power parks positioned across the province.

"We need to take a comparable standpoint for solar power now because in the long term this will contribute towards a solar gold rush for our country."

Ndebele said that, in South Africa, solar has massive potential for energy.

"There is no fluctuation in the price, meaning we can determine the cost of solar energy 20 years from now, something we can't do with traditional energy sources," he said.

While South Africa had "ample" potential for hydro, wind and solar energy, only solar would create jobs, Ndebele declared.

The South African government target for 2020, he said, would create around 191,000 jobs through 23,000 direct positions, such as construction, operation and manufacturing positions and an additional 168,000 indirect jobs.

Source:Xinhua

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