Anglo strikes deal with French giant to build solar and wind farms


ANGLO American plans to target carbon neutrality at its mining operations will bolster South Africa’s renewable electricity output and provide a major boost to private generation in the energy-starved nation.

Anglo and Electricite de France (EDF), which is controlled by the French government, have agreed to jointly develop on-site and off-site solar and wind farms with 3 000 to 5 000 megawatts of production capacity over the next decade, the companies said in a statement on Friday.

They also intend to establish storage facilities and help bolster local manufacturing.

South Africa depends on state-owned Eskom’s coal-fired plants for almost all of its electricity.

A government initiative to procure power from private producers initially gathered momentum after it was introduced in 2011 but then lost traction due to policy uncertainty and other delays. –


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