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jeffradebeEWN reports that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has insisted that there will be no job losses with government’s signing of deals with 27 renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs).  

On Wednesday, Radebe signed-off on the project, which is expected to see 2,300 megawatts of generation capacity added to the power grid over the next five years.  Trade unions have been opposed to the deals, saying they would result in job losses.  But Radebe said the deals would create 58,000 new jobs.  “The issue of unions on job losses in the coal industry has nothing to do with renewables.  Some of those job losses are a result of the end of the lifespan of those mines.  Those jobs were going to be lost.”  Meanwhile, the SA Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed the deals, saying they would lead to rural development and job creation in the country.  SAWEA’s Brenda Martin said:  “In the case of round four projects, which has a majority of wind projects, the bulk of those projects are located in the Northern Cape.  The benefits are directly linked into those communities, like economic development and employment creation.”

  • This short report by Kevin Brandt is at EWN
  • Read too, Radebe says signing of 27 IPP agreements a ‘new dawn’ for renewables in SA, at Engineering News
  • And also, More independent power producer deals possible, says energy minister, at BusinessLive

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