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South Africa plans 6.3GW round

Nation's wind sector says DoE move should 'comfort' international investors

South Africa plans 6.3GW round image

South Africa’s Department of Energy has unveiled plans to expand its procurement of renewable energy by a further 6300MW.

The capacity will form a new round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, results for the fourth round of which have just been revealed.

In the past it has been implied that wind power will receive approximately half the allocated capacity.

South African Wind Energy Association chief executive Johan van den Berg said: “By this logic, we’re looking at perhaps an additional 2500MW to 3000MW of wind power and a procurement process that extends another three to four years.

“This, once gazetted, should give comfort to international investors to invest in local factories that can push the local content of wind farms to about 54% with the upper 60s in reach.”

Successful wind energy bidders in the fourth round were Biotherm Energy at the 117MW Golden Valley in Eastern Cape, Building Energy at the 140MW Roggeveld in Northern Cape and Enel Green Power at the 140MW Kurusa in Northern Cape and the 139MW Nxuba and 140MW Oyster Bay in Eastern Cape.

Global Wind Energy Council secretary general Steve Sawyer said: “The wind resource is excellent, the country large and the need for energy acute. We see South Africa as a strong growth market for the medium and long-term.”

Image: South Africa is home to wind projects including Jeffreys Bay (Mainstream)

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