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South Africa introduces feed-in tariff for renewable energies

South Africa is introducing feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for renewable energies, according to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

The Energy Regulator has approved the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff guidelines for South Africa where the feed-in-tariff for electricity from wind energy will be 1.25 South African Rand/kWh (~€0.098) over a period of 20 years.

Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), says: "South Africa has taken the lead and is the first African country to introduce a feed-in tariff for wind energy.

“Many small and big investors will now be able to contribute to the take-off of the wind industry in the country. Such decentralised investment will enable South Africa to overcome its current energy crisis. It will also help many South African communities to invest in windfarms and generate electricity, new jobs and new income."

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