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AFRICOAST ENGINEERS SA ESTABLISHES RENEWABLE ENERGY COMPANY

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Renewable energy engineering firm AfiCoast Engineers SA has announced that a new company,
AfriCoast Energy, will now be responsible for all future renewable energy projects - particulary
wind and solar - while it will also play a key role in guiding AfriCoast Engineers' current
basket of renewable energy projects.
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Opinion: Is land a constraint to a renewables-led energy system in South Africa?

When the question arises as to what South Africa’s most abundant source of energy is, the usual answer is coal. South Africa has built almost its entire electricity system, as well as a good portion of its liquid-fuels industry, on the back of its plentiful reserves of coal. Furthermore, it is estimated that there is still another 33 Gigatonnes (Gt, where 1 Gt = 1 billion tonnes) of the energy mineral yet to be mined, which equates to about 300 years at current rate of domestic consumption. In reality, though, South Africa‘s solar and wind resources are infinitely more ‘abundant’ than its coal resources. Instead of mining these renewable resources, however, technologies need to be deployed to ‘harvest’ them. To do this involves not only solar panels and wind turbines, but land.

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