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5 Febbraio 2018

Sud Africa

ESKOM GIVEN GO-AHEAD TO SIGN STALLED DEALS WITH RENEWABLES IPPS

South African Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on 2 Febraury that Eskom’s application to purchase additional renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs) had been approved, clearing the way for the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 wind and solar projects procured by the Department of Energy in late 2015. The projects, which have a collective investment value of around R60-billion (approximately €4-billion), had been left in limbo since 2016, when Eskom indicated that it was not willing to conclude further PPAs, owing to its return to a power generation surplus. The utility’s action effectively brought to a standstill South Africa’s globally lauded Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), under which some R200-billion-worth of renewables investments (€13.5-billion) were made between 2011 and 2017. It also led to uncertainty and delays in IPP procurement programmes for baseload coal and gas to power. Through the REIPPPP auction model the cost of both onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects fell progressively over the four bid windows and more than 6 000 MW of capacity was procured. Wind costs fell from 151c/kWh in the first bid window to below 70c/kWh in the fourth bid window, while solar PV costs fell from 365c/kWh to below 90c/kWh. During a subsequent round the tariff bid for both onshore wind and solar PV projects fell to 62c/kWh. However, no projects were actually procured from the bid window, owing to the impasse with Eskom. Eskom has, to date, signed 64 PPAs for a total of 4 000 MW under bid windows 1, 2, 3 and 3.5. An additional 2 305 MW of capacity has been procured under bid windows 3.5 and 4, including the extension of the round, known as bid window 4.5. The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) said it was "relieved" that the 27 projects, which included wind, solar PV and concentrated solar power plants, would soon be able to proceed towards construction. “We are sure that the many rural communities surrounding prospective wind farms who have been waiting for the development benefits associated with power plant construction, and the thousands of South Africans employed by the industry are certain to be as relieved as we are,” SAWEA CEO Brenda Martin said in a statement. Martin also expressed cautious optimism that the country’s renewables procurement programme, which had been subjected to "extensive uncertainty" over the past two years, could be placed back on track. (Engineering News) (ICE JOHANNESBURG)