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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.

Comments
  • Horst - 2011-05-27 17:52

    Yes, of course, R1 trillion sound like a lot of money and the kneejerk reaction would be to reject it because of costs. But surely a decision on what to spend the money should be based on economics. Would anybody know what return on investment we would get if we spent R1 trillion on nuclear, coal, wind, or whatever?

      JM - 2011-05-27 19:16

      You have to weigh the fact that you don't need limited resources aka coal, uranium and so forth to power solar stations. The sun will be around longer than we need it. We should have invested so much more in solar power by now! Japan is pushing for legislation that every and I'm talking about every building in the country has solar panels by the year 2035. If a whole nation knows this, why are we staying behind again????

      zaatheist - 2011-05-27 19:55

      @JM "The sun will be around longer than we need it" Are you sure? I thought these loony christians believe that the world is less than 6000 years old and that they could be raptured out of here by Jesus at and moment and the sun and the universe will be destroyed. October 21 is the latest I heard. Not much time to invest in anything.

  • Lizelle - 2011-05-27 18:27

    for any energy related market intelligence email me: stephan@bccresearch.com

  • Ray - 2011-05-27 20:09

    check out this website: www.windwattsturbines.com. these guys are proudly south african.

  • Peter - 2011-05-28 07:54

    I hope this is the beginning of 'winds of change' in South Africa. If the business gurus put their minds to this technology, they will come up with a viable plan on making it economically feasible.

  • Ralph - 2011-05-28 13:28

    A great place to place wind turbines is on Robben Island. There is only wind and the open ocean to contend with. A cable could be laid from the Island to the mainland with little risk of it been stolen.

  • Poaul Zwarts - 2011-05-29 08:49

    Why don't they simply pray about it. That should help... ;-)

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