Bloomberg reports that in South Africa, the fifth-biggest producer of coal, solar and renewable power are gaining fast and helping the government ease blackouts. Starting with virtually no utility-scale solar a few years ago, South Africa now has more than 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity and will procure over 6,000 megawatts of renewables as part of the biggest surge in power capacity since the 1980s. Meanwhile, two coal-burning power plants now costing $17 billion are over budget and more than seven years behind schedule. VIA BLOOMBERG

“For a long time there has been no power from the main grid in the village… most people are using solar as the main source of electricity."
Last year was a breakthrough year for solar in the Middle East.