South Africa Policy Gap Hampers Renewable Energy Push by Sugar Producers

Efforts by the South African sugar producers to invest in renewable energy generation are being stymied by a lack of government policy, said Trix Trikam, executive director of the South African Sugar Association.

The industry “could contribute 1,000 megawatts of power to the national grid,” he said yesterday in an interview in Port Louis, Mauritius, were he is investigating the Indian Ocean island nation’s power-generation industry.

South Africa’s sugar industry, which already generates electricity to run its mills, is willing to invest between 15 billion rand ($1.8 billion) and 20 billion rand to generate renewable energy, which would create more than 18,000 jobs, Trikam said.

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