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More than 100 new bids for renewable energy projects in SA

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A total of 39 proposed wind projects are among the bidders of round five of the REIPPPP. Photo Jay Caboz.
A total of 39 proposed wind projects are among the bidders of round five of the REIPPPP. Photo Jay Caboz.
  • The list of bidders who have made submissions for bid window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been published.
  • Bids for more than 100 projects - 63 solar PV and 39 wind - have been received.
  • The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy in April this year published a request for proposals to provide 2 600 MW of power under the REIPPPP.

Bids for more than 100 projects have been submitted in the fifth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

The list of bidders was published by the Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme Office after the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in April published their request for proposals for 2 600 MW of power.

The department plans to issue a sixth bid window for 2 600 MW this year, and another bid window early next year for 1 600 MW, Fin24 previously reported.

Some 63 solar PV projects and 39 wind projects are being proposed. 

The launch of bid window 5 is one of several steps taken by government to bolster generation capacity in order to meet demand as bouts of load shedding persist. Data collated by the Reserve Bank shows that cumulative load shedding in 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown, was worse than that recorded in 2019.

Earlier this month Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe gazetted new rules allowing licence exemptions for generation facilities of up to 100 MW. This is also meant to help the plug the gap between supply and demand.

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