DoE tests market appetite for small-scale renewables projects

South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has initiated the long-awaited process to procure electricity from small-scale renewable energy projects of between 1 MW and 5 MW.

The department has indicated that it intends procuring 100 MW from small-scale wind, solar photovoltaic, biomass, biogas and landfill gas technologies under its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), which was initiated in 2011.

Through the REIPPP government plans to secure 3 725 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2016, the bulk of which will be procured from larger-scale developments.

To date, 47 preferred projects, which collectively represent some 2 459.4 MW of capacity, with a potential investment value of R70-billion, have been selected.

However, the DoE has now released a request for information (RFI) to test market appetite for smaller developments… Read more

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