Long-delayed South African power deals signed

The contracts cover 2.3GW of renewable energy projects, with wind accounting for 1.4GW of this total.

Developers had won allocations in tenders carried out under South Africa’s renewables procurement plan (REIPP) in April 2015.

But Eskom delayed signing the power deals, citing overcapacity resulting from the country’s economic downturn and slumping energy demand.

Critics, however, suspected the regulator was reserving capacity for coal and nuclear companies.

On 4 April 2018, South African minster of energy Jeff Radebe, appointed by new prime minister Cyril Ramaphosa in February, said all of the outstanding contracts had been signed. 

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) stated the renewable energy industry could now add to the country’s economy “through rural…

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