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South Africa’s Ekurhuleni Noses Ahead in City Electricity Race

  • Funder says construction of a solar project to begin this year
  • South African metros have been beset by power cuts since 2008

Ekurhuleni, the industrial hub of more than 3 million people to the east of Johannesburg, may have a head start in the race between South African cities to buy their own power to alleviate crippling outages imposed by the national utility. 

A program to procure as much as 700 megawatts of electricity that began in 2016 is coming to fruition, with one funder saying a project to build a 41 megawatt solar plant at a cost of about 1 billion rand ($64 million) will begin by the end of this year.