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‘Electricity prices have come down considerably’

Joemat-Pettersson says Eskom prices will decrease more as additional solar power farms are constructed.

Tina Joemat-Pettersson is attending the launch of the solar capital solar power farm in De Aar. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

DE AAR - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the price of electricity has come down "considerably".

This is despite a looming 9.4 percent tariff increase.

Joemat-Pettersson is attending the launch of the solar capital solar power farm in De Aar.

From next month, Eskom customers will pay 9.4 percent more for electricity.

The minister said, "The tariff matter is a larger matter, but the prices we are charging have reduced considerably."

She says she's confident Eskom prices will decrease more as additional solar power farms are constructed.

Currently, solar power contributes six percent to the national grid.

The new solar energy plant in De Aar, which is the size of more than 900 soccer fields, will provide power to between 75,000 to 100,000 homes.