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South Africa approves 562MW of wind projects

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa has approved seven wind projects totalling 562MW as part of its second renewable energy tender.

The government awarded 1.04GW out of a total of 1.23GW available. The projects include the 138MW Amakhala Emoyenia project in Eastern Cape province.

Wind also took the largest slice in terms of the maximum capacity available, with the government awarding 417 PV projects.

Vestas made a statement that it had been appointed preferred supplier for five of the projects, with the orders covering a total capacity of 297MW.

In December, the South African government announced 28 preferred bidders following the first round of its call for tenders under the renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) programme.

Out of the bids, wind power accounts for just under 30% with eight of the projects selected. however, the projects totalled 633.99MW, around 45% of the total of 1415.52 MW.





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