South Africa

South African government to sign outstanding PPAs for solar and renewables in late October

The PPAs are related to 37 utility-scale projects selected in Rounds 3.5 and 4 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

South Africa makes it easier to deploy large-scale solar in renewable energy zones

The country’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs has simplified the environmental impact assessment process for large-scale solar and wind power projects in South Africa’s eight Renewable Energy Development Zones.

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South Africa’s new energy minister postpones long-expected signing of 37 PPAs for solar and renewables

The signing of the PPAs was expected to enable financial closure of several PV and wind power projects being developed under South Africa’s REIPPPP program.

Solar Show Africa 2017 exhibits diversification of South Africa PV market

As market participants in South Africa wait for the final results of the country’s fourth round of the successful REIPPP tender program for large-scale solar PV to be announced in early April, this week’s Solar Show Africa, part of the 20th Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, showed a growing diversification of solar PV in this leading African market.

France supports South Africa grid improvement with $477 million

The French Development Agency (AFD) has provided South Africa’s power utility Eskom with a ZAR 6 billion ($477.7 million) credit facility. Eskom, which has delayed the development of several large-scale PV projects over the past years due to grid issues, will use the funds to improve its network and integrate more renewable energy power.

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South Africa’s PV capacity reaches 1.47 GW, new PV installations for 2016 total 509 MW

The South African solar market registered 509 MW of new PV installations in 2016. The country’s cumulative PV capacity reached 1.47 GW as of the end of December. Meanwhile, the price of solar power has dropped significantly over the past five years.

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Reunert takes 51% interest in South African EPC contractor Terra Firma Solutions

The South-African investment company has acquired a 51% stake in solar EPC contractor Terra Firma Solutions. The company provides EPC services for rooftop solar projects in sub-Saharan Africa

Enel puts 165 MW of solar online in South Africa

The Adams and Pulida projects were awarded in the third round of South Africa’s REIPPPP solicitation, and this brings Enel to 323 MW of solar online in the nation.

IBC Solar opening subsidiary in South Africa

IBC Solar has decided to take the plunge in the exciting South African market, by setting up its own subsidiary in the country with its partner maxx | solar energy, after undertaking a number of projects alongside the company.

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