In the article “Fight or flight as Eskom ‘squashes’ renewable IPP programme” (City Press, September 10 2017), we erroneously referred to Mark Pickering as managing director of the SA PhotoVoltaic Association (Sapvia), the umbrella group representing the interests of the solar power industry.
In fact, he is the chair of the SA Wind Energy Association, the equivalent group for independent wind power companies.
He is also managing director of power company Globeleq, which is a normal member of Sapvia.
Pickering’s views, as reflected in the article, do not represent those of Sapvia or necessarily its other members.
The comments in question related to Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi’s recent announcement that independent power producers have to renegotiate their previously agreed tariffs down to 77c/kilowatt-hour.
The mistake created the perception that Sapvia has taken an antagonistic stance towards this directive.
Responding to the City Press article, the group said: “We believe that the majority of the independent power producers are willing to offer more value, and engage openly and honestly with the department of energy and the independent power producers’ office regarding the minister’s statement, but, ultimately, the decision lies with each of them individually.”
We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the error.