Licences approved for renewable energy bidders

SAAEA | 14 August 2012.

POWER licences had been approved for the successful renewable energy bidders, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) said yesterday.

Nersa said all 28 preferred bidders in the first round met the criteria, which included technical, financial, economic, regulatory and legal standards.

Last month, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said it was important that energy sources were affordable because the procured power would be sold to Eskom, which had been tasked by President Jacob Zuma to make electricity affordable.

Out of 53 renewable power bidders, 28 were given the green light by Peters in December last year. Eighteen of these projects included the use of solar photovoltaic technology which would produce 631.53 megawatts, eight would use onshore wind projects providing 633.99MW and two were based on concentrated solar power, generating 150MW. The Department of Energy had set a target of 3 725MW of energy to be sourced from independent, renewable power producers by 2016.

For the second window period, only 19 out of the 79 projects presented were selected as preferred bidders and price accounted for 70 percent of the assessment score…