Flood-related blackouts strengthen case for new REIPPPP round in South Africa

The nation has been plagued by extensive power outages again with debt-riddled utility Eskom blaming heavy summer floods for taking out extensive parts of its coal-fired power generation fleet.

If the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) had acted more swiftly to process applications for small scale solar power systems, the blackouts suffered last week would not have been as severe, according to one analyst.

With the nation having already suffered extensive power failures this year as the financial crisis at utility Eskom worsened, the onset of heavy rains this month prompted more extensive blackouts.

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