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Winners Of South Africa’s 4th Renewable Energy IPP Auction

Last week the South African Ministry of Energy announced the winners of the fourth round of auctions under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. While CleanTechnica has published articles covering some of companies winning projects, it would be useful to look at the overall picture in terms of which company won how much capacity.

Nearly all media outlets have slight discrepancies in the installed capacity of the projects and, thus, there could be some variation if you go about searching for different projects. The installed capacity figures given in the table below are taken from the press release issued by the Ministry of Energy.

A total of 1,121 MW renewable energy capacity was auctioned in the fourth round of bidding.


The biggest winner was Enel Green Power, which added to its success in the previous-third round. The company secured 3 wind energy projects with a total installed capacity of 419 MW. Combined with the 513 MW capacity it secured in the third auction, Enel Green Power now has 932 MW capacity in South African pipeline.

BioTherm Energy, a South Africa-based project developer secured 3 projects — 2 solar PV projects and one wind energy project. The company will develop a combined capacity of 232 MW.

Scatec Solar also secured projects for the second time across the four Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) auctions. The company will set up 3 solar PV projects of 75 MW capacity each.

Building Energy South Africa will also develop a 140 MW wind energy project, while SunEdison secured rights to set up a 75 MW solar PV project. sappi won a 25 MW biomass project, while a 5 MW hydro power project was also allocated through the auction but there is no clarity on the developer.

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Smiti works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.


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