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    South African renewable energy myths dispelled

    An engineering study has dispelled the myths “peddled by former Eskom executives” about the limits and costs of renewable energy capacity in South Africa.

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    We can't use solar power. It will use up all the sun energy and then what will happen to our kids when the sun isn't there anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solitude View Post
    We can't use solar power. It will use up all the sun energy and then what will happen to our kids when the sun isn't there anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solitude View Post
    We can't use solar power. It will use up all the sun energy and then what will happen to our kids when the sun isn't there anymore?
    We should ask our science minister to investigate how much sun we have left and what solar power will mean for it, similar to the investigation of why lightning keeps hitting our people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solitude View Post
    We can't use solar power. It will use up all the sun energy and then what will happen to our kids when the sun isn't there anymore?
    You aren't following - there will be sun 2.0 - it's renewable and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooby_Doo View Post
    We should ask our science minister to investigate how much sun we have left and what solar power will mean for it, similar to the investigation of why lightning keeps hitting our people.
    That's a good idea!

    It may even be because of the solar panels that the sun is angry and causing the lightning to hit our people.
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    peddled by former Eskom executives
    Only in Africa do you pay executives (and presidents) to steal from you..

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    A little OT, but solar panel related:

    Thanks To Lobbying, It's Illegal To Power Your Home With Solar Panels In Florida

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    Would be interesting to hear from Eskom engineers if the infrastructure can in fact handle it.
    Engineering consultants are great and all but with a system as old and patched as ours; there is some on the ground insight that's needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c3n0byt3 View Post
    Would be interesting to hear from Eskom engineers if the infrastructure can in fact handle it.
    Engineering consultants are great and all but with a system as old and patched as ours; there is some on the ground insight that's needed.
    Since their salaries and bonuses probably depend on the answer, would you trust them to be completely truthful to the public? If they write internal documents about this, would you trust Eskom to release an accurate summary to the public? They have shown in the past few years that they don't like transparency, even where legally required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerion View Post
    Since their salaries and bonuses probably depend on the answer, would you trust them to be completely truthful to the public? If they write internal documents about this, would you trust Eskom to release an accurate summary to the public? They have shown in the past few years that they don't like transparency, even where legally required.
    Salaries and bonuses have never had anything to do with truthfulness or performance, in the government sector.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrBaN963 View Post
    Salaries and bonuses have never had anything to do with truthfulness or performance, in the government sector.
    If they are truthful, and the revenues or profitability of Eskom drops as a direct result, they would still get the same bonus then?
    If so, I assume the same is true of increasing revenue/profit. What incentives do they have to perform well then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerion View Post
    If they are truthful, and the revenues or profitability of Eskom drops as a direct result, they would still get the same bonus then?
    If so, I assume the same is true of increasing revenue/profit. What incentives do they have to perform well then?
    You're talking about a para-statal organisation. Similar to SABC. Golden handshakes are the way of the day. SAA employees recently got bonuses despite facing bankruptcy again, and requiring government bailout, again. I highly doubt performance is measured in any form which would be understandable to us mere mortals.
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