South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has announced that the bid deadline for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been delayed.
Specifically, the deadline has been delayed from 1 October to 11 November this year. According to the IPP Office, the decision was made due to the fact that potential bidders needed more time to obtain the approvals required to submit their proposals.
The government aims to procure an additional 1,800 MW of renewable-energy capacity during this round, which has been established to give a new opportunity to unsuccessful projects from the previous rounds.
South Africa has a high level of Renewable Energy potential and presently has in place a target of 10 000 GWh of Renewable Energy. The Minister has determined that 3 725 MW to be generated from Renewable Energy sources is required to ensure the continued uninterrupted supply of electricity. The REIPPPP has been designed to contribute towards that target.
We have recently reported that EDF Energies Nouvelles announced the commissioning of the Chaba wind farm in South Africa. To date, EDF Energies Nouvelles has commissioned two wind farms out of the four the company was awarded through the South African REIPPPP.