The government has chosen 17 preferred clean bids and is studying further candidates to cut its coal reliance.
If it sticks to its plans, SA will be positioned to expand its power further across Africa.
Biomass energy could be the answer for the two-million rural households that are not connected to the electricity grid.
Wednesday's budget should include some finality on the mooted carbon tax and hopefully a change in the business sector's attitude will come with it.
Although renewable energy is being hampered across Africa by an uncertain regulatory regime, the sector has exploded in South Africa in recent years.
The breakneck speed of development in photovoltaic technology means that soon every surface will be generating energy.
Africaâ€™s green energy bigwigs will converge on Johannesburg later this month to showcase the lastest technologies for alternative energy sources.
South Africa's energy mix is due to be shaken up as the capacity allocated to independent power producers has now nearly doubled.
Economic growth, social equity, and a healthier environment are dependent on access to sustainable, clean and affordable energy.
Zothe is the driving force behind several innovative renewable energy efficiency projects inin Lady Frere, Kavali Village, in the Eastern Cape.
International companies have begun salivating at the local opportunities green energy holds for them in South Africa.
Any infrastructure plans that are based on oil dependency should be scrapped and replaced with sustainable alternatives.
Numsa has said that its energy conference was aimed at preventing the renewable energy sector from being dominated by a capitalist system.
Bids will bring 3 750 megawatts of alternative energy on to the grid within the next three years at a total cost of R120-billion.
Experts are warning that a global economic slowdown and the eurozone debt crisis have curbed government investment in renewable energy.
South Africa will launch an umbrella body to act as a single voice championing the importance and relevance of renewable energy in the country.
Nedbank has provided the financial backing for about 40% of the energy represented by bids for SA's first renewable energy independent power producer.
President Jacob Zuma has launched a flagship solar power plant in Hazelmere, KwaZulu-Natal, which is set to provide job opportunities.
South Africa needs a more visionary rollout of renewable energy if it hopes to combat climate change.
An energy department official says 53 bids have been received from independent electricity producers for the construction of renewable energy sources.