Category Archives : Business


The sugar industry can contribute 700MW of electricity to the grid

The South African sugar industry can contribute approximately 700 MW of electricity capacity to the national grid through cogeneration projects, with an existing generation capacity of about 245 MW using bagasse [Winkler, 2006; SASA, 2016]. References South African Sugar Association (2016) ‘South African Sugar Industry: 2016’ Winkler, H. (ed) (2006) ‘Energy Policies for Sustainable Development […]


Recent developments of off-grid renewable energy systems

Recent developments of off-grid renewable energy systems locally were seen for the residential sector, but more recently it played an important role for the electrification of rural communities. For further reading click here.  


Decrease in electricity demand

A significant decrease in the electricity demand of 2,5% from 2014 to 2016 can be attributed to slow down of the economy, successful implementation of demand side management initiatives and a shift towards self generation by end users. The total decrease in the electricity demand from 2011 to 2016 are now standing at 5,5%. This […]