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Empowering the Sun: South Africa’s Rooftop Solar Revolution

South Africa’s rooftop solar shines brighter than ever! Private companies and households have lit up the nation with 5,400 MW of solar power, surpassing the capacity of Eskom’s largest stations, Medupi and Kusile, each with 4,800 MW.

According to Eskom’s latest report, over 2,400 MW of rooftop solar was installed in the past year alone. This surge in solar energy is reducing the strain on the grid, particularly on sunny days, helping to dodge higher load-shedding stages.

While solar power is a win for sustainability, it’s a financial challenge for Eskom, as their latest numbers show a 2% dip in sales due to reduced demand from solar installations.

As of January 2024, private installations have totalled 5,412 MW, marking a significant milestone in South Africa’s energy landscape. Yet, it’s important to note that this nominal capacity doesn’t necessarily translate to more power generation than Medupi and Kusile.

The rise of rooftop solar signals a pivotal shift in the energy sector. Experts warn that if current trends continue, Eskom could face a bleak future, resembling the decline seen in entities like South African Airways and the Post Office.

Former Eskom CEOs and economists echo these concerns, highlighting a worrisome trajectory. With Eskom’s customer base dwindling and municipal debts soaring, the need for sustainable solutions is more urgent than ever.

As private companies and households embrace solar energy, reducing strain on the grid and mitigating the need for higher load-shedding stages, they’re also contributing to a cleaner, greener Earth. B6 Rayleigh Energy, as the exclusive distribution agent for Rayleigh Instruments (UK) in Africa and the Middle East, aligns with this ethos. Rayleigh Instruments, a leader in process control instrumentation and hybrid energy solutions, manufactures specialised products for the alternative energy space, helping to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility. Together, initiatives like rooftop solar and partnerships with companies like B6 Rayleigh Energy pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future. #CleanEnergy #EnvironmentalResponsibility #Sustainability #B6Group #B6RayleighEnergy #RayleighInstruments

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