South Africa's Nersa Approves Licences For 860MW Of Solar Projects
The five projects were selected from the sixth bid window of the REIPPPP.
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved generation licences for the five preferred bidders in the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) Bid Window Six (BW6).
The preferred bidders granted generation licences are listed in the table below:
The bid window opened in April 2022 and 56 submissions were received. It called for new generation capacity of 4,200MW, to be made up of 3,200MW of wind energy and 1,000MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar.
The range of the capacity specified in BW6 for both onshore wind and PV was increased to between 50MW and 240MW per project, from the earlier range of 1MW to 140MW for wind and 1MW to 75MW for PV applied during BW5 of the REIPPPP.
Bid responses for onshore wind projects amounting to 4,116 MW were received, but during the evaluation period Eskom confirmed that no grid capacity was available to connect them. Therefore, all the generation licences are for PV projects. The five projects have a combined capacity of 860MW.
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