ACDP calls for wind, solar investment

2011-05-27 17:35
Johannesburg - The ACDP on Friday called on the government to invest in wind and solar energy rather than nuclear plants.

"[The] department of trade and industry's Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) states that: 'A future nuclear programme will cost in excess of R1 trillion'," African Christian Democratic Party MP Cheryllyn Dudley said in a statement.

This would have severe consequences for the SA economy, she said.

Also, popular resistance to nuclear plants could delay the programme for "years to come".

"We therefore call on the minister to rather put the R1 trillion to the implementation of energy-efficiency measures and the localisation of wind and solar energy production."

Such technologies patented in South Africa should be investigated since they could offer great employment-creation opportunities, she said.

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