South Africa’s Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters has confirmed that South Africa will procure an additional 3.2GW of renewable energy capacity by 2020 under its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), according to media reports.
The programme had originally called for the procurement of 3,725MW in renewable energy capacity, but Engineering News has reported that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa has approved the near-doubling of that figure. However, it is not clear as to how this extra capacity will be divided between the renewable technologies.
Following the approval, the REIPPP programme is now able to offer 4,365MW of new capacity through future bidding rounds. So far, two bidding rounds have taken place with just 1,165.6MW of the initial capacity still unallocated under the REIPPP. Photon revealed that the first round consisted of 18 PV projects with a capacity of 631.5MW while the second round consisted of nine PV projects with a total capacity of 417.1MW.
Photon also reported that 1,075MW of the newly added capacity will be allocated to PV projects while solar thermal projects will receive a 400MW allocation.
The third round of bidding is scheduled to close in May 2013.