SMARTer local economic development, particularly in manufacturing

Energy efficiency and renewable energy provide an opportunity for small business development – the exciting growth of a new industrial sector — well matched to the South African skills base.

With the increasing use of Solar PV in the renewable sector, we are likely to see an increasing need for Solar PV manufacturing in South Africa. The number of job-years created in the IRP2010 is potentially 360 000 until 2030. In comparison, the Smart Track Electricity Plan, which  includes  efficiency jobs and the installation of solar water heaters, is calculated to create about 530 000 job-years. This is a conservative estimate.

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