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Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window – it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable EnergyPower Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and why it has achieved what many commentators believed was an unachievable feat.

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SA’s energy stranglehold

Locally, there are three-to-four thousand MW of solar PV projects ready to be deployed to help solve the country’s energy crisis and, with the department of energy’s support and Eskom’s assistance, a further fleet of 75MW PV plants can be built and connected within 14 months.

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Gravel pit transformed into solar field

There’s a new solar farm in town. It’s located off Raffaele Road, and covers 26 acres of what was once a sand and gravel pit. The newly-completed 5.67-megawatt project features 18,000 ground-mounted solar panels that are producing electricity for the city of New Bedford. 

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