South Africa Releases Its Largest Renewable Energy Tender of 3,740 MW Capacity
- The tender has actually been presented for take the pressure off the nation power grid run by Eskom. Presently, Africa is mired in the dire challenge of electrcity and water supply. Power outages have actually become a common phenomenon right here.
In a first such tender for the nation on African continent, South Africa has issued its first large-scale tender aimed at procuring renewable energy. With a capacity of 3,740 MW, this is the continent's largest program on renewable energy. This is the release of the initial phase of the RFP (Request for Proposal).
The tender has actually been introduced for take the pressure off the nation power grid operated by Eskom. Presently, Africa is mired in the dire challenge of electrcity as well as water supply. Power outages have actually become a common phenomenon right here.
Coal make up the main resource of energy for Africa, claiming 80 per cent of the energy share. It is globally the fifth-largest exporter of coal. However, to reverse this pattern, South Africa is now focussing on Just Energy Transition (JET). The very first phase of the JET Investment Plan is seeing mobilisation from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and also the European Union with a first $8.5 billion. This makes up a part of a lasting Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) that was authorized back in 2021.
As part of the JET, South Africa will certainly establish sights on aspects such as jon reskilling, redeveloping previous coal mines and also coal power plants as clean energy production sites as well as employment for other clean energy sources.
In January 2023, South Africa, facing made a plan to add 14.771 GW of brand-new wind, solar and also battery storage capacity to the national grid. In the short-term, the government wants to buy around 1 GW power generation capacity from its next-door neighbors after having actually already imported 300 MW with the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).