I agree on both points. My issue is that solar power should be done at large scale, and based in the Kalahari, and where the sun shines regularly, not in CT, Jhb or coastal areas. Also, concentrated solar power gives better load balancing than PV panels.
It is a good idea, but it fails to mention several other issues...
1) The system basically has to be replaced every ten years (in an optimum scenario).
2) It takes more income away from Eskom and local municipalities thereby further endangering their economic viability.
3) If it incorporates a battry backup system, then it can take up some space and also increases insurance risk due to possible fire risk.
4) Theft of solar panels and electrical equipment is a high possibility in South Africa
5) Governments around the world have shown a higher propensity to tax such installations (due to decreased income) rather than subsidise such installations. In fact, Cape Town is trying to do this very thing, but requiring registration and licensing.