Pretoria - The government wants to use the renewable energy
independent power producers' programme to boost job creation, Energy Minister
Dipuo Peters said on Monday.
"With significant numbers of the population currently
unemployed, the government sees this procurement programme as an opportunity to
grow the economy," she told reporters in Pretoria.
"We would want to maximise economic development
wherever the projects are located."
Peters was speaking after the announcement of 19 successful
bidders for Window 2 of the government's energy plan. She said the government
would seek to ensure that community development and benefit would be compulsory
wherever projects were located.
Peters said though the allocation of the projects across the
country is driven by the availability of natural resources (wind, solar and
water) residents of the affected areas should expect maximum economic benefit.
"More communities will benefit through employment or as
shareholders in these projects.
"Most of the bidders for Window 2 will be establishing
community trusts with the sole purpose of developing the surrounding
The department received 79 bids in March for the second
window, 51 of which met the criteria given in the request for proposals.