NERSA approves Eskom procurement of 344.5MW made up of Solar PV and BESS capacity

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  • The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has announced, in terms of draft section 34 determination, the approval for Eskom to procure 344.5MW of New Generation Capacity from Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Battery Energy Storage by Eskom.

The Energy Regulator concurred with the draft ministerial determination, in terms of section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006) (‘the Act’), for the procurement of 344.5MW of New Generation Capacity from Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage by Eskom as follows:

  • The procurement of 75MW of new generation capacity from Solar PV at Lethabo Power Station in the Free State and 19.5 MW of Solar PV at Sere Wind Farm in the Western Cape
  • The procurement of 100MW of Solar PV at Komati Power Station in Mpumalanga
  • The procurement of a 150MW battery energy storage system at Komati Power Station in Mpumalanga

The electricity procured shall target grid connection as soon as reasonably possible. The generation capacity must be procured by Eskom Holdings (SOC) Ltd through one or more tendering procedures that are fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost effective.

Link to media statement: Media Statement – Energy Regulator Decisions of Meeting No 260 of 25 May 2023

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