Wind power generators save Eskom R300m in 6 months

The CSIR is currently conducting research on the potential of renewable energy.

CSIR's Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says solar and wind produces about 2 percent of power for the grid. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

PRETORIA - The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) says wind power generators have saved Eskom nearly R300 million in just six months.

The council's headquarters in Pretoria is the latest stop in a United States government's green energy tour.



The CSIR is currently conducting research on the potential of renewable energy.

Head of the energy centre at the council, Tobias Bischof-Niemz, says between January and June last year, wind farm operators were paid R1.2 billion by Eskom.

He says the utility would have had to spend R1.5 billion on fuel to general the same amount of power.

"That left a net benefit of R300 million of a cash benefit to Eskom, for wind power, for six months of 2015."

Bischof-Niemz says solar and wind energy sources produce about two percent of the country's electricity and believes more could be used to supply the power grid.