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Martin said: “We are pleased the le­gal opin­ion was so very clear in their opin­ion that Eskom has no such pre­rog­a­tive. This as­sures us of the strength of our le­gal po­si­tion.”

Sarec said lo­cal and for­eign in­vestors had re­sponded pos­i­tively to the re­new­able en­ergy in­de­pen­dent power pro­ducer pro­cure­ment pro­gramme to date, partly be­cause the rules had been clear and ap­plied fairly and con­sis­tently.

“Tam­per­ing with the rules at this stage can only dam­age con­fi­dence in both the pro­gramme and the coun­try.”

Eskom has be­moaned the ris­ing costs of elec­tric­ity from the IPPS.

In the six months ended Septem­ber 30 last year, the por­tion of IPP costs in Eskom’s primary en­ergy costs in­creased, com­pared with the pe­riod ended Septem­ber 30, 2015.

Le­gal opin­ion

Eskom spokesper­son Khulu Phasiwe said Sarec was within its rights to seek le­gal opin­ion. “We must also not be reck­less in how we spend money. We can­not spend money on projects that will put Eskom in fi­nan­cial con­straints,” Phasiwe said.

The South African Pho­to­voltaic In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (Sapvia) said that it wel­comed Ramaphosa’s com­ments about the re­new­able en­ergy IPP pro­gramme, but the as­so­ci­a­tion in­di­cated the re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try was un­der threat from Eskom’s reck­less be­hav­iour and fla­grant dis­re­gard to sup­port South Africa’s stated en­ergy pol­icy.

“We be­lieve that the in­no­va­tion shown by the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor is one that will as­sist in bring­ing tan­gi­ble so­cio-eco­nomic ben­e­fits to South African res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial users go­ing for­ward. Sapvia will high­light many of those good news sto­ries and in­no­va­tive ideas… over the next weeks and months,” Sapvia said.

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