After the last week or so of strife from Eskom, there’s been more than a couple of discussions in the office about what the future of power in this country is. Nuclear and fracking dominate the mainstream news, and yet there’s a huge and interesting variety of renewable initiatives around the country which no-one ever seems to mention.

Our plan was to go out and map all of the major projects like solar power plants which are either in use or under construction or consideration in South Africa.

Imagine our surprise to discover that such a map not only already exists, but is meticulously maintained by Energy Blog. It gives us great pleasure to link to it this Map Monday. Stephen Forder there has put together a list of projects which have been approved or applied for approval under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) program, which is being implemented in three phases.

Most of the sites are small scale community developments, although even these are pushing considerable numbers (like the 30MW solar plants around the north of the country).

You can find the map here (it’s not embeddable).

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.