South Africa enjoys some of the best sunshine in the world all year round and its electricity is among the most expensive on the planet. The country’s lofty solar ambitions therefore come as little surprise: Forty-two percent of South Africa’s newly-installed energy capacity should be renewable by 2030. Its solar power generation is expected to reach 1,050 MW by 2015 in contrast with just 25 MW in 2012. The country is also expected to have installed over four million solar panels and have the capacity to set up 1.6 million more by the same date. South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity should also reach 8.4 GW by 2030.

“In general, people in South Africa don’t think long-term and solar is a long term investment. Even though the price of electricity is no longer cheap, there does not seem to be the same drive here like in Europe that companies need to save energy and save money through long term renewable investments.” -- Wim Jonker Klunne, Senior Researcher, Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research