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OVERVIEW

Energy Alternative energy sources are being rolled out.

SECTOR INSIGHT Biodigesters are working well in rural areas. • Durban is running a pilot solar panel project.

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s part of the provincial government’s strategy to boost regional development, the iLembe District has been named as an Industrial Economic Hub (IEH) for the renewable energy sector. With the King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) and the Dube TradePort lying just south of the iLembe District in the eThekwini Municipality, a partnership has been created between the two municipalities and the provincial government to develop a renewable energy technology innovation hub. Technical input from Korean and German companies will occur in a phased development. In the first phase, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) will assist in the establishment of an International Academy for Renewable Energy, Research and Development. A technology park will comprise the second phase, with research and development, manufacturing, technical support and a training centre specific to the renewable energy sector being developed. The third and final phase will see power plants built within the zone capable of generating 260MW. Enterprise iLembe is a private company which is wholly owned by the municipal entity of the iLembe District Municipality and which seeks to drive investment into the area. Ndwedwe in the iLembe district is where Khanyisa Projects has set up 26 biodigesters which produce gas for cooking. The project forms part of the Working for Energy programme of the South African KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18

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National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) which targets the use of sustainable clean energy in rural areas. The other area attracting energy investors is the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) which has been named as the site for 2 000MW liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in terms of national government’s gas-to-power plan. The initiative was only announced in late 2016 so an investor is still to be found for the project, but the move to support the LNG sector has been very positively received as South Africa moves to diversify its energy sources. RBIDZ is also the site of a new biomass plant. Forestry waste, sugar cane and agricultural waste will provide the feedstock for a R2-billion facility that will largely supply the tenants of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone with power. The investing company Byromate, which has wind and solar projects elsewhere in South Africa, expects to start delivering power in 2018.

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