South Africa’s Energy Regulator Approves 16 New Distributed Generation Projects Totalling 211 MW

  • South Africa’s National Energy Regulator, NERSA, has approved the registration for 16 distributed generation projects with a combined capacity of 211 MW.
  • This follows the approval of the first two 100MW projects under the increased threshold capacity from 1MW to 100MW for embedded generation  projects. Read more
  • The new approvals were made during a regulator executive committee meeting held earlier today.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in August 2021 made a landmark regulatory change to amend Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act to extend the limit over which a private power project must apply for a Generation Licence from 1MW to 100MW. Read more 

Link to the full list of 16 projects HERE 

A spokesperson for Nersa, Charles Hlebela, said that following the increase of the registration threshold to 100 MW, Nersa had seen a massive increase in applications for registration. The speedy approvals are largely due to Operation Vulindlela, the joint project management unit between the Presidency and the Treasury, which has been assisting applicants as well as trying to shorten and streamline processes.

Listen to a recording of the meeting HERE 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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