The renewables programme, which is seen as an example for other African countries, has resulted in over 6 000 MW of generation capacity being allocated to bidders across a variety of technologies, principally in wind and solar.
Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) is aimed at bringing additional megawatts onto the country’s electricity system through private sector investment in wind, biomass and small hydro, among others. The Eastern Cape’s renewable energy projects has created 18 132 jobs since its inception. The province was awarded 16 wind farms and one solar energy farm, with a total investment value of R33.7 billion.
The province has been able to reduce loadshedding because it received an additional boost for its energy security when the R3.5 billion, 342 MW DEDISA peaking power station achieved commercial operation in October 2015. Work is underway to procure the remaining megawatts in line with the IRP 2010.
About 2 500 MW has been allocated for coal programme procurement from IPPs. Work on the Grand Inga Project to secure 2 500 MW is continuing, while an energy agreement between South Africa and the DRC has been signed. The 2014 agreement provides a legal framework for cooperation between the two countries.
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