Speaking at the sixty-fourth Association of Municipal Electricity Distributors Convention, in Midrand, Eskom National Control Centre manager Al’louise van Deventer said, although what percentage exactly renewable energy would contribute to the grid would only be evident mid-year next year, the projects would have eased the strain on traditional power generation sources.
“Load-shedding is brought [about] by the instability of the grid where demand becomes higher than supply, and when this happens, power cuts are initiated to try and stabilise the grid,” she explained.
Van Deventer stressed the importance of the security of the national power grid and that, as a result, initiatives such as embarking on renewable energy projects were of importance to the utility.
“As we are still in the early stages of incorporating the power generated through both our wind farms and solar plant projects, the idea is for stability to be achieved between demand and supply. Renewable energy would assist us in achieving this mandate,” she indicated.