South Africa launches 2010-2030 Renewable Energy Plan
october 15, 2011
Includes 1,850 MW of onshore wind energy, 1,450 MW of solar energy
photovoltaic, 200 MW of concentrating solar thermal power, 100 MW of
biogas-fuelled plants and 75 MW of hydroelectric.
The first tender was launched (3725 MW to be achieved by 2016) of a
programme aimed at building 17,800 MW by 2030, accounting for 42% of
the additional electricity capacity that is planned to be installed by
The preferred bidders to supply South Africa with renewable energy, as
called for in the country's Integrated Resource Plan for 2010 to 2030,
will be announced at the UN climate summit starting in Durban on 28
South Africaï¿½s Department of Energy launched the first phase of an
international tender for the construction of renewable energy plants
totaling 3,725 MW by 2016.
The assignment will have to be completed over the next three years and
will consist of several phases. The first stage will end during the UN
Climate Conference (COP-17) that will be held in Durban, South Africa,
from November 28th. to December 9th. 2011.
The allotment of these projects, whose total worth is estimated at
about $11 billion, includes 1,850 MW of onshore wind power, 1,450 MW
of solar energy photovoltaic, 200 MW of concentrating solar thermal
power, 100 MW of biogas-fuelled plants and 75 MW of hydroelectric.
Other small plants with a total capacity of 100 MW will also be
included in the plan.
South Africa's first commercial wind farm, the R75-million (US$8-
million) Darling wind farm, powered up in May 2008 with four wind
turbines, each generating 1.3 MW of clean energy.
The South African government announced its satisfaction for the fact
that the tender has roused considerable interest. Indeed, over 270
potentially interested companies have paid the taxes required to
receive bid documentation.
This is the first tender included in the "Integrated Resource Plan for
2010 to 2030" that was approved last year. The Plan aims to add 17,800
MW of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, accounting for 42%
of the overall new electricity generation.
Currently South Africaï¿½s energy system is strongly dependent on coal,
which meets 72% of primary energy needs and more than 84% of the
Among the requirements expected of bidders is that they submit
environmental authorisation as well as shareholder agreements.
Potential bidders are also expected to show achievement of economic
State electricity company Eskom will be the designated buyer and will
provide connection to the power grid, excluding municipal connections.
"We have received 321 applications for grid connection mainly for wind
energy and photovoltaic)," said Eskom head of delivery Kannan
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