Besides helping to combat climate change, another benefit of renewable energy technology is that solar, wind and other “alternative” energy production processes also provide a major boost to the job market. In the US and Europe, the sector is growing by the hour, and has proven almost impervious to the vicissitudes of the international economy, continuing to create jobs faster than other businesses. For South Africa, renewable energy offers a dual promise: ensuring energy security (which means ending off-loading) and creating new jobs in a country with high levels of unemployment. Eskom’s collaboration with South African…

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