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A microgrid assembled at Komati.
A microgrid assembled at Komati.
Eskom

With nearly a third of the country not yet electrified, Eskom believes its containerised micro-grids - made of repurposed shipping containers - are an innovative way to solve for energy access, says its general manager for Just Energy Transition, Mandy Rambharos.

Rambharos and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter on Wednesday participated in the Africa Renewable Investments Summit, held in Cape Town.

As it prepares to decommission coal-fired power plants that reach their end of life, the embattled power utility is under pressure to achieve a just energy transition, and De Ruyter unpacked plans to achieve this. A key part of the strategy is the rollout of renewables to support jobs, especially after the decommissioning of power stations.

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