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The merits of a solar cluster 

By: Saliem Fakir     10th December 2010 The solar park idea raises the question of how South Africa should be positioning itself to take advantage of the country's abundant solar resources.  

Taking the wind out of the baseloaders 

By: Saliem Fakir     12th November 2010 What is disturbing is not the debate about baseload power versus intermittent power. This debate is always useful as we grapple with the the... 

Just how much coal do we have in the ground? 

By: Saliem Fakir     15th October 2010 Propaganda has it that South Africa has enough coal to fire our power plants for 200 years or until alternatives that can compete with coal come... 

More From Saliem Fakir - Low Carbon Future

The carbon tax debate and irrational howls 

By: Saliem Fakir     17th September 2010 No sooner was the announcement that a carbon tax was on the cards made than the hecklers from special interest groups and their lobbyists started... 

Our expectations of electric cars must be tempered with reality 

By: Saliem Fakir     20th August 2010 Electric cars are often spoken of as if they will turn the tide against the current fleet of petroleum junkies. But we may be far from that nirvana.  

Reflections on the Integrated Resource Plan 

By: Saliem Fakir     16th July 2010 The Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP2010) consultation process has begun. It should provide the ideal vehicle for the convergence of low-carbon... 

How realistic is the green economy?

By: Saliem Fakir     18th June 2010 The idea of a green economy has gained great popularity of late but the proof will be in implementation. During the last year, particularly, green... 

Climateproofing the second Integrated Resource Plan 

By: Saliem Fakir     21st May 2010 The second Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2) should be due anytime soon. It will be a crucial document that will pretty much define South Africa’s... 

Should we have a carbon tax to promote a low-carbon economy? 

By: Saliem Fakir     16th April 2010 The question of the merits of a universal carbon tax compared with those of a cap-and-trade system is a source of considerable debate among... 

Why transformation of the energy-industrial complex is crucial for a low-carbon economy 

By: Saliem Fakir     19th March 2010 Everything new has to start somewhere – so the saying goes. If truth be told, there are more than just climate change reasons why we need to shift... 

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