Entries by Dominic Wills

Electricity in SA seems bleak, but it’s loaded with opportunity.

Originally published on LinkedIn What the Eskom’s current state of nation-wide load shedding and their 15% tariff increase appeals are teaching us, it is that the fate of South African industry is tied fundamentally to the availability of stable and affordable electricity supply. The sustainability of the utility requires brave, informed and decisive leadership: but it is possible. We’re […]

Is solar the green solution agribusiness needs?

Agribusiness contributes significantly to a country’s overall industry outlook, particularly because of its links to sectors such as chemical processing and manufacturing. Locally, SADC has identified agro processing as one of three regional priority value chains, along with mineral beneficiation and pharmaceuticals. That being said, the economic challenge that farmers and agribusiness are facing is […]

A reflection on South Africa’s energy landscape in 2018

South Africa’s renewable energy sector received a new lease on life in 2018, after years of uncertainty and lack of movement. With the Ramaphosa government signing nearly R56 billion worth in contracts with 27 independent renewable energy producers during 2018, the way forward, notwithstanding legislative and business challenges, is looking much brighter. Significant progress has […]

5 ways solar PV can optimise your industrial electricity usage

Inexpensive electricity is the foundation of a globally competitive manufacturing sector and healthy local manufacturing or industrial businesses. In South Africa, electricity prices have increased by an average of 16% per year for the past decade, squeezing an already fragile industrial sector and resulting in less than 1% annual growth in manufacturing output since 2010. […]