The City of Cape Town Launches Atlantis 7MW Solar PV Tender 

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  • The City of Cape Town has issued the tender for engineering, procurement and construction of its planned 7MW Atlantis solar photovoltaic (PV).
  • The facility will be connected directly into the City’s electrical network.
  • It is foreseen that the future could hold the construction of similar plants across the metro.

‘This is one of a range of interventions to end load-shedding over time. The power plant would start generating electricity in 2024 and be in operation for 20 years, with a foreseen annual output of 14,7GWh.

‘The City currently purchases most of its electricity from Eskom. High Eskom price escalations expected in future may not be financially sustainable for the City and its residents. It is expected that the Atlantis solar plant will enhance the City’s financial sustainability as the cost of generating the electricity would be lower than the bulk procurement from Eskom. Reducing the dependency on Eskom also means the City can develop and explore more climate-friendly power sources than Eskom’s coal-fired power stations.

‘This is another decisive step that the City is taking toward a more secure, cheaper and cleaner energy future for the people of Cape Town. Apart from the City’s own build generation, strides have also been made to enabling independent power production and small-scale embedded generation. In this financial year, R15 million has been allocated to pay for energy generated by small-scale embedded generators through the feed in tariff of 75,51 c/kWh (excluding VAT) and the 25c/kWh incentive offered for small-scale embedded generators. I recently announced a policy shift allowing qualifying commercial and industrial electricity generators to sell energy to the City. The City also issued its first tender in the new Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme which entails buying 200MW from IPPs within the City’s electricity supply area,’ said Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis.

How to tender

  • Tender documents may be collected during working hours between 08:30 to15:00 from 16 September 2022.
  • The physical address for collection of tender documents is: Tender Distribution Office, 2nd Floor (Concourse Level), Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town.
  • Or you can register online HERE

The closing time for receipt of tenders is 10:00 on 25 October 2022.

Tender submission details are as follows:

Tender Box 127 at the Tender and Quotation Box Office, 2nd Floor (Concourse Level), Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town

Good luck!

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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