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“Is Renewable Energy An Economically Viable Option For South Africa?”

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The dictionaries defines renewable as, “A source of energy that is not consumed by use.”(Google dictionary) It defines energy as, “ Power derived from the utilisation of physical or chemical resources.(Google dictionary)
Renewable energy is, “power obtained from using physical and chemical resources that will not be consumed by use.”
The dictionary defines economically as, “ In a way that relates to economics and finance.” (google dictionary)The dictionary defines viable as, “ Capable of working successfully feasible.”(Google dictionary)
Economically viable is, “ Something that is capable of working successfully that relates to the economics and finance of South Africa.”

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Hydroelectricity is a very easy way of producing energy in South Africa because of all the rivers and dams that South Africa has. Hydroelectricity is very complicated and is not too expensive which makes it a good energy source if you get it to work efficiently. There are many hydroelectric stations in South Africa but the biggest one that is operational is the Drakensberg Pumped storage scheme in the Free State that was built in 1981 and still going. There is an even bigger plant under construction in KwaZulu-Natal, when it is finished it will be the biggest in South Africa.

These two statements were made about renewable energy and the economy.

This statement was made by the WWF(world wildlife fund).
“Renewable energy is a key feature of a sustainable economy”

This statement was made by wikipedia,
“ Renewable electricity production, from sources such as wind power and solar power, is sometimes criticized for being variable or intermittent( occurring at irregular intervals).

I agree with this statement made by the WWF. If a country like South Africa is spending hundreds of millions of rands on nonrenewable energy that only benefits them in the present and creates a massive problem in the future it will destroy the economy in a very short time. The increasing impact of fossil fuels on the earth is an increasing problem that is growing extremely fast everyday. Right now about 93% of our energy comes from coal which we have a vast amount of but it will not last forever, burning coal is very destructive to the environment and causes acid rain and since South Africa gets so much of their energy from it I think that in the future South Africa could be spending huge amounts of money on trying to conserve the part of land and sea they own because of the impact of nonrenewable, highly destructive energy sources we are using. We have made a good move by building very big wind farms and hydroelectric stations but by the time they are finished the burning of coal could have damaged our country beyond repair. Using renewable energy is a very good thing because it is considerably cheaper and has a very...

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