My apology for the delay. It just has been a hectic period. too much work and too much public holidays – dangerous combination.
Just a week before a visit of 10 Israeli energy companies, the South African energy regulator, NERSA, decided to publish a consultation paper that aims at the slashing of the feed-in-tariffs by 20% to 40%. That was a blow to the efforts that we made and lots of companies did – not only from Israel. It seems to me that South Africa does the same mistakes Israel did, just few years ago (Israel is ahead than South Africa and has published the tenders for renewable energy generation).
The main two mistakes of the South African government are that they do not understand the importance of an aggressive promotion of the renewable energy projects in their first steps. Another problem is that different South African government entities do not speak in one voice. Israel did the same 2 mistakes at the beginning. But – as we gave it the necessary resources and government entities coordinated their efforts, the projects started running.
The Director General of the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labour of Israel, Mr. Sharon Kedmi, headed the delegation and spoke at the Cleantech day of Power & electricity World Africa said to his South African and African fellows: : you can make your own mistakes, but do not repeat ours – there is no point doing that!”.
The Israeli delegation included 10 companies in the areas of concentrated PV, PV panels, PV generators, solar water heating and more.