South African renewable energy “debacle”

SAAEA 13 September 2012.

South Africa has postponed significantly the bidding deadline for future renewables projects to give officials time to catch up, sparking fears that some developers will throw their hands up and abandon the country altogether.

The government says it will not close bidding on third-round projects until May 2013 – more than eight months later than expected – so it can focus on finalising rounds one and two, both already postponed.

The latest setback follows a chaotic series of delays dribbled out by government over the summer, with the first round of projects – comprising 1.4GW of wind, PV and concentrating solar power capacity – still languishing in limbo…