Question: What percentage of renewable energy is used in South Africa?

What is the #1 source of energy in South Africa?

Currently coal is by far the major energy source for South Africa, comprising around 80 percent of the country’s energy mix. However, according to the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), 24,100 MW of conventional thermal power sources, specifically coal, are likely to be decommissioned within the next 10-30 years.

How much electricity does SA use?

Energy Balance

Electricity total South Africa per capita
Own consumption 207.10 bn kWh 3,491.90 kWh
Production 234.50 bn kWh 3,953.89 kWh
Import 10.56 bn kWh 178.05 kWh
Export 16.55 bn kWh 279.05 kWh

Why does South Africa use so much coal?

SA has abundant coal reserves. Coal-fired power stations are reliable. South Africa’s infrastructure to generate electricity from coal is well established. Burning coal is the most cost-effective and energy efficient way of generating electricity.

What industries consume the most energy in South Africa?

Power Consumption

Industry is the main electricity consumer (48%), followed by the residential sector (24%) and the services sector (17%).

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