REIPPP window 4 preferred bidders
Utility scale renewable energy is alive and well in South Africa with the Department of Energy announcing the preferred bidders for bidding window 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme. Thirteen more renewable energy IPPs totalling 1 121 MW in the wind, solar PV, biomass and small hydro sectors will now attempt to reach financial close of their projects in the last quarter of the year.
This takes the number of privately developed utility scale renewable energy power plants to 79, representing a generation capacity of 5 243 MW and R169 billion of private investment. The plants are all in various stages of development, with most of the window one and two plants already online. In addition to the REIPPP plants, Eskom has built the Sere Wind Farm and has plans for a concentrated solar power plant in the Northern Cape.
Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, also announced that bidding window 4 of the REIPPP will be extended by a further 1 800 MW to reconsider unsuccessful project bids from windows 1 to 4. In addition, the Minister also announced 6 300 MW for renewable energy IPPs beyond bidding window 5 of the REIPPP.
Some of the wind energy projects have come in at a tariff of 60c per kWh. This is well below Eskom's average tariff of 76c kWh. Most of the solar photovoltaic projects are now below 80c kWh.
The announcements were welcomed by proponents of renewable energy in South Africa after lengthy delays in announcing the new batch of preferred bidders and stumbling blocks experienced by window 3 projects in reaching financial close.
The thirteen new plants are listed as follows:
- Ngodwana Energy Project, Ngodwana (Mpumalanga) - 25 MW (SAPPI)
- Roggeveld Wind Farm, Sutherland (Northern Cape) - 140 MW (Building Energy)
- The Karusa Wind Farm, Sutherland (Northern Cape) - 140 MW (Enel Green Power)
- The Nxuba Wind Farm, Cookhouse (Eastern Cape) - 139 MW (Enel Green Power)
- Golden Valley Wind, Cookhouse (Eastern Cape) - 117 MW (Biotherm Energy)
- Oyster Bay Wind Farm, Oyster Bay (Eastern Cape) - 140 MW (Enel Green Power)
- Sirius Solar PV Project One, Upington (Northern Cape) - 75 MW (Scatec Solar)
- Droogfontein 2 Solar, Kimberley (Northern Cape) - 75 MW (SunEdison)
- Dyason's Klip 1, Upington (Northern Cape) - 75 MW (Scatec Solar)
- Dyason's Klip 2, Upington (Northern Cape) - 75 MW (Scatec Solar)
- Konkoonsies II Solar Facility, Pofadder (Northern Cape) - 75 MW (Biotherm Energy)
- Aggeneys Solar Project, Aggeneys (Northern Cape) - 40 MW (Biotherm Energy)
- Kruisvallei Hydro, Bethlehem (Free State) - 5MW (Building Energy)
Image: Biotherm Energy's Konkoonsies Solar PV plant near Pofadder, Northern Cape (Image credit:Biotherm Energy)