Interest grows in Western Cape green hub

2013-01-10 11:01
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Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has noted increasing interest from potential renewable energy manufacturers in the envisaged Western Cape green hub.

At least 130 application documents have already been downloaded from the City’s website, up from the 11 downloads in mid-June last year.

The West Coast town of Atlantis has been earmarked for the development of a Green Technology Manufacturing Cluster. Investors have been invited to apply for portions of designated land in Atlantis industria.

Renewable energy production will depend on the development of green technology such as solar and wind energy.

The City has linked the project to the National Department of Energy’s Renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP).

The programme seeks to allocate 37 250MW (slightly more power than would be produced by two Koeberg nuclear power stations) of renewable energy to independent power producers.

Executive deputy mayor Ian Neilson said round three of the bidding process was delayed until 7 May 2013. “This round is the most interesting and requires a high local content from project developers,” he told News24.

This means that more of the equipment must be made locally and will include blades, towers, inverters and photovoltaic panels.

According to Neilson, delays are related to the department of energy’s awarding of contracts to independent power producers and not delays in funding.

“These projects are financed privately by commercial banks, pension funds, Industrial Development Corporation, and the Development bank of Southern Africa,” he said.

The contract is a 20-year agreement to supply power to Eskom at a fixed price.


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