Thursday, April 3, 2008
Eskom and Solar - SURPRISE SURPRISE!!
Someone sent me this link a few days ago; "Will South Africa Lead the Solar Revolution?" - I was quite surprised when I read what Eskom is up to and found some interesting clips;
"Northern Cape in South Africa. Every year the province records some of the highest numbers of sunny days worldwide."
"Eskom, one of the biggest power companies in the world, which is building a multi-million dollar solar plant near Upington in the Northern Cape."
"every year a square kilometre of desert receives solar energy equivalent to 1.5 million barrels of oil."
"The main deterrent to solar power has been its cost — estimated at about 22 Rand (US$2.80) per watt. In contrast, with such an abundance of coal, South Africa currently produces the world’s cheapest electricity at about 10 Rand (US$1.30) per watt"
“New coal power is no longer as cheap as we used to think. While Eskom has cited R10/watt, Medupi's [South Africa’s newest coal-powered station] actual price comes in at R16.40/watt”¦ and that's capital cost only.”
"South Africa has its very own contender in the ’thin film’ race. Solar guru Professor Vivian Alberts, a physicist at the University of Johannesburg, has developed a design believed to be the most advanced in the world. His panels are now ready for commercial use, and are expected to cost about 14 rand (US$1.80) per watt. “It will be possible for households in South Africa to afford their own solar generation,” he says."
YES - I will be tracking down Prof Vivian! I'll report back on what I discover...interesting times...and I can't resist...but...I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!