South Africa Plans to Add Up to $4 Billion of Renewable Projects
June 5, 2018 By Paul Burkhardt and Ntando Thukwana, Bloomberg REW_SouthAfricaPlans4BN South Africa plans to invite bidders for additional renewable power projects that may amount to as much as 50 billion rand ($4 billion) of investment and help stimulate local and black-owned business. The fifth bid window for 1,800 MW of renewable projects under the government’s independent power producers program will start in November, according to a copy of Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s speech given at a conference in Johannesburg on Friday. “The intention is to enhance local manufacturing to ensure investment and economic growth as well as the opportunity to encourage opportunities for black industrialists and the development of black independent power producers,” he said. The bid window will require similar generation technology to the so-called expedited round announced in 2015, which has expired, he said. Related: South African Renewable Energy Sector Enjoys Huge Victory with New Contracts Under President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is leading a drive to attract $100 billion of investment in the next five years, Radebe revived the national renewable-energy program that was once the world’s fastest growing, but had since stagnated. The minister signed agreements with 27 independent power producers in April after more than two years of delays. SPONSORED CONTENT BY Solar Reviews ? The Hidden Costs of Free Solar Panels in 2018 “Free solar panels” is a marketing phrase you're likely to see bandied about if you're in the market for a residential solar energy system. “Buyer beware” is common wisdom, and that phrase should pop into your mind immediately if you come across a sales or marketing pitch touting free solar panels (or free anything really). Brought To You By The independent power producer program will also aim to “take into account the different needs of the communities where the projects are and which will allow the impact to be measured,” Radebe said. Two coal-fired projects under the program will bring another 40 billion rand of investment to the country, he said.