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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Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows
The renewable energy from South Africa’s first wind and solar projects last year delivered R800-million more in financial benefits for the country than it cost, according to a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Describing South Africa’s Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) as lingering in a state of limbo, energy policy expert Richard Worthington said on Friday that any long-term energy plan should “immediately and ambitiously” prioritise the deployment of renewable-energy (RE) technologies.
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.
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.
Brookline has a new solar partner, and the first order of business is finding out which buildings in town could use a rooftop solar array. BlueWave Capital, based out of Boston, is the new solar developer
Participating MAPC communities are now eligible to enter into long-term agreements to purchase renewable electricity generated from facilities that BlueWave and its partners will develop on parking lots, school roofs, landfills and other publicly owned spaces.
Boston communities are expanding their solar reach, as municipalities seek to reduce their electricity costs and carbon footprints, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) advances its Regional Solar Initiative.
BlueWave Capital Selected Through Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Initiative to Build Solar Photovoltaic Projects in 17 Greater Boston Communities
BlueWave was selected through a competitive, qualifications-based selection process facilitated by MAPC and involving representatives of participating cities and towns. BlueWave’s team members include SunEdison, Borrego Solar and RGS Energy.