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Nersa delaying embedded generator projects – AgriSA

LegalBrief, 6 May, 2019

Energy: Nersa delaying embedded generator projects – AgriSA

AgriSA is concerned about what it called the National Energy Regulator’s (Nersa’s) reluctance to register small-scale embedded generator (SSEG) projects, says a Polity report. AgriSA said its members had the potential to supply the electricity needed to prevent future rolling blackouts through small-scale solar photovoltaic installations. ‘It is unacceptable that farmers who want to do their part to relieve strain on the grid are not allowed to do so,’ AgriSA’s Nicol Jansen said. According to a licensing exemption and registration notice gazetted in November 2017, SSEGs are exempt from licensing but are required to be registered with Nersa. ‘However, by failing to register SSEGs, Nersa is preventing completed SSEG projects to be connected to the grid,’ AgriSA said. It said non-registration had been the status quo, despite Nersa approving a registration process at an energy regulator meeting last October and approving a registration fee of R200 in March. ‘AgriSA is compelled to explore further options to exert pressure on Nersa to perform its mandate and register SSEG projects that meet the registration requirements,’ it said. ‘This will include the possibility of pursuing legal remedies.’

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