The Legal500 - Renewable Energy Comparative Guide

The aim of this guide is to provide its readers with a pragmatic overview of the law and practice of renewable energy across a variety of jurisdictions.

13 Jun 2023 1 min read Guide Article

At a glance

  • South Africa has an established renewable energy industry, with wind and solar PV being the main types of projects. The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has facilitated the procurement of renewable energy from independent power producers. The country has set a goal of reaching a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

  • There is no legal definition of renewable energy in South Africa, but the widely accepted definition includes solar, wind, biomass, hydro, tidal wave, ocean current, and geothermal energy sources.

  • The key political and regulatory influencers for the renewable energy industry in South Africa include the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), and government departments such as the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment. Private sector players driving the renewable energy transition include banking institutions, accounting firms, and major corporates in mining, steel, manufacturing, and heavy industries.

Directors Jerome Brink, Margo-Ann Werner, and Tessa Brewis contributed to the South African chapter of Legal500 - Renewable Energy Comparative Guide.

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