South Africa will move forward with the allocation of three onshore wind farms as a result of a delayed round of bids to provide renewable energy, an initiative designed to mitigate record blackouts.
The Coleskop Wind Power, San Kraal Wind Power and Phezukomoya Wind Power developments are ready for signing after receiving regulatory approvals, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said in a statement on Tuesday. Other projects are expected to be completed later.
Almost a year ago, 25 wind and solar projects worth about R50 billion were announced, adding almost 2.6 GW to the national grid.
South Africa experienced a record year for power outages, with state-run Eskom unable to meet demand as its fleet of aging coal-fired power stations frequently went down. The government launched a number of programs to increase capacity, but these were prone to delays.
Initially, the Ministry of Energy planned to complete the financial closure of the fifth round within six months after the announcement of the winners on October 29. — (c) 2022 Bloomberg LP