City of Cape Town Issues 300MW Renewable Energy Tender

  • The City of Cape Town has launched a 300MW renewable energy procurement tender. 
  • The announcement was made this morning by the city’s mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, at Solar Power Africa conference and exhibition taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. 
  • A second tender for dispatchable generation projects over 20MW, which can be brought online in a short space of time, will follow the 300MW renewable energy tender.

“We have come to accept load-shedding as a fact of life in South Africa. But in Cape Town, we say, no longer!,” said Hill Lewis in the opening address.

“I am proud to announce that the City of Cape Town is opening its first round of procurement of power from independent power producers. The tender documents will be made available on the city’s website today,” he added

The city will be procuring up to 300MW of renewable energy, much of which will be generated by solar photovoltaic plants. “We will be considering proposals from IPPs for projects that will allow us to access an affordable and reliable electricity supply. We are particularly eager for proposals from IPPs that are able to help us eliminate our reliance on Eskom during peak times of use.

The city will consider generation-only projects, generation plus storage, and storage only.

A second tender for dispatchable generation projects over 20MW, which can be brought online in a short space of time, will follow the 300MW initial tender. “Over time, we will also procure much greater storage capacity to ensure the reliability of our supply and the integrity of our grid,” said Hill-Lewis. Link to the full speech HERE  

Link to the tender portal HERE . You will be required to register as a prospective supplier before receiving the tender documents.

Good luck!

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

 

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