The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is set to approve the second phase of the renewable energy feed-in tariff guidelines this week.
The approved guidelines will indicate the extent to which NERSA has accommodated the renewable energy industry’s concerns which were raised at public hearings earlier this year. The guidelines are a vital cog in efforts to stimulate investment in renewable energy as they provide regulatory certainty and an incentive to invest.
In its comments on the feed-in tariff, environmental lobby group Earthlife Africa urged NERSA to exclude concentrated solar photovoltaic, saying the inclusion of the technology “is a bit odd”, given the difficulty of storage. However, Earthlife argued that NERSA should come up with a tariff for small-scale solar photovoltaic.
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