South Africa launches renewable energy project
6 October 2010
The South African government has launched its Renewable Energy Procurement Project.
Acting deputy director-general in the Department of Energy Ompi Aphane said the country has tremendous potential when it comes to naturally-replenished power sources.
"One key element of [a proposed renewable energy] programme will be the entrepreneurship and innovativeness of South Africa's industrial and financial sectors," he added.
Mr Aphane stated the correct policies need to be created by those in power to ensure the private sector has the right guidance.
The focus on the renewable sector started in 2003, when a white paper outlined the target of four per cent of all power produced to be in such a manner by 2013.
In order to achieve this aim, the Inter-ministerial Committee on Energy was split into several working groups, Mr Aphane remarked.
The news comes after the recent launch of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme, which will try to bring the continent better technology.