- South Africa’s Minerals and Energy Minister, Mr Gwede Mantashe has announced that the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme Bid Window 5 (REIPPPP5) will open at midnight tonight.
- Of the 2 600 megawatts from this Bid Window 5, 1 600 megawatts will be from wind and 1 000 megawatts from Solar PV.
- The closing date for the Bid Submission is August 4th, 2021.
In September 2020, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) concurred with a Section 34 Determination to procure Eleven Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen (11 813) megawatts from a range of technologies. These included Wind (4 800 megawatts), Solar PV (2 000 megawatts), Coal (1 500 megawatts), Gas (3 000 megawatts), Battery Storage (513 megawatts).
“I am pleased to announce the first bidding round in response to the Section 34 Determination. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of 2 600 megawatts under the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme Bid Window 5 will be released to the market at Midnight today.'” said Mr Mantashe in a press briefing earlier today.
“Of the 2 600 megawatts from this Bid Window 5, 1 600 megawatts will be from wind and 1 000 megawatts from Solar PV. Given the energy challenges that we are facing the objective is to get these projects connected to the grid as soon as possible,” added Mantashe.
REIPPPP Round 5 was originally scheduled to be opened in May 2016 by then Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Since then, South Africa has had no less than four energy minister appointments.
The closing date for the Bid Submission is August 4th, 2021.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal