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Southern Africa – a new frontier for Renewable energy sources

25 Jul 2013
An international firm has invested more than $12million into a solar power project in South Africa, which highlights the region’s potential for power generation.

Sources say the proposed 96 MW solar panel farm being built in the Northern Cap will be able to deliver enough clean power for the equivalent of 30,000 homes. Situated near Kimberley, the Jasper solar power project will cover about 450 acres with more than 325,000 solar modules.

The region’s abundance of solar and wind resources are now highly sought after by international investors who are on the lookout for clean energy. The overall hydropower potential for the region is estimated at 1,080 terawatt hours per year, and currently only 31 terawatt hours per year is being utilised, demonstrating the potential that the region has.

Watercourses such as the Congo and Zambezi have huge potential too, with the Inga Dam situated on the Congo River having the potential to produce about 40,000 MW of electricity, according the Southern African Power Pool.

With so many renewable resources, if fully harnessed, the region could see a huge boost in power generation.