Pretoria - The announcement of 19 successful bidders for the
second phase of the renewable energy independent power producers'
programme received a thumbs up from the industry on Monday.
"We acknowledge the excellent work done by government
in working through the voluminous applications in a timely and
transparent manner," said Johan van den Berg, chief executive of SA Wind
The department received 79 bids in March for the second
window of the energy plan, 51 of which met the criteria given in the
request for proposals.
These bids amounted to 3 255 megawatts of power generation.
Seven wind projects, with a combined allocation of
562.5 MW, were selected from the preferred bidders out of the 650 MW allocated for Window Two.
"Wind power is becoming an important new infrastructure
industry in the country. The procurement of wind power is maturing and
the rules are becoming clearer and better understood," said Van den
Eight wind energy projects were announced during the
first window at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change which was held in Durban last
Construction of the first wind farms in relation to the first window is set to commence after the end of June.
"The wind industry in South Africa will see exponential
growth in the next 12 months, with the Window One projects set to turn
soil very soon," said Van den Berg.
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters told reporters on Monday
the government wanted to use the renewable energy independent power
producers' (IPPs') programme to boost job creation.
"With significant numbers of the population currently
unemployed, the government sees this procurement programme as an
opportunity to grow the economy," she said in Pretoria.
"We would want to maximise economic development wherever the projects are located."
The IPP programme is expected
to attract project proposals valued at around R100bn by the end of
the final fifth window.
The procurement of alternative energy sources from the
private sector was motivated by "the urgent need for new generation
capacity" to alleviate current energy constraints, the department
said in a statement.