Record 102 Bidders for 2.6 GW South Africa RE Tender

Aug 27, 2021 03:17 PM ET
  • The high action indicates exactly how the tide has actually turned in favour of renewables in South Africa, otherwise a slow-moving transform to sustainable.
  • Issues with its distribution companies has been condemned for much of the hold-ups in embracing renewable energy by South Africa.

The Department of Mineral Resources as well as Energy (DMRE) of South Africa has received bids from 102 prospective project designers, consisting of 63 solar projects, in feedback to its fifth renewable energy tender.

Released in March this year, this tender was aimed at acquiring 2.6 GW of tidy energy projects, including 1 GW of solar PV and also 1.6 GW of wind. The tender represents Bid Window 5 of South Africa's Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

The target date to send bids was August 16, 2021. Solar projects approximately an optimum dimension of 75 MW are eligible.

The successful prospective buyers' listing will likely be announced in October or November., with winning bids being called for to finish the economic close for their projects by March 2022. Installed projects have to be connected to the grid newest by April 2024.

DMRE has stated in the past that it hopes to bring in projects that are totally created or are virtually all set and that will be able to link and also supply power rapidly, without calling for major works in terms of grid assimilation.

South Africa prepares to develop 11.8 GW of new energy ability from gas, renewables, battery storage, as well as coal-powered centers to satisfy enhancing power demands. Around 2 GW is earmarked for solar power as well as 4.8 GW for wind energy, and also 500 MW for energy storage.

The REIPPP program is a competitive tender procedure that was created to assist in private sector investment right into grid-connected renewable energy generation in South Africa

Under the REIPPPP program, South Africa intends to release 4 more tenders within the next twelve months. Besides the tender for 2.6 GW capacity from renewable energy, tenders are anticipated to be issued for 3 GW from gas, 1.5 GW from coal, and 513 MW from battery storage.

Along with the REIPPPP, the federal government earlier this year disclosed the shortlisted bidders for its modern technology agonistic Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) that will offer a total amount of 1,995 MW of gotten capability from projects integrating innovations such as solar PV, wind, liquified natural gas and battery storage.

The South African federal government upgraded its environment strategy this year, limiting its annual greenhouse gas exhausts to 398-440 million tonnes of CO2 matching by 2030. This cuts exhausts 28% compared with its 2015 pledge, which covered yearly discharges at 614 MtCO2.

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