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The Integrated Resource Plan released in August 2018 calls for a significant increase in renewable energy. To support the increase in intermittent resources, South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom has unveiled its Distributed Battery Storage Program and environmental and social management framework study (ESMF), committing to solar-plus-storage and energy storage projects totaling 1,400MWh. The plan calls for storage in all nine provinces and has two phases of development and construction.
Phase 1: 800MWh of battery energy storage will be deployed along distribution sites operated by Eskom in Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal at various points. These projects are scheduled for completion by December 2019.
Phase 2: 640MWh of battery energy storage will be deployed in combination with 60MW of distributed solar PV, scheduled for completion by December 2021.
**Neli Magubane, Chairperson, Matleng Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Ms. Mugabe will discuss these plans and their progress to develop energy storage facilities to support renewable energy.
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