First Solar gearing up for SA’s next renewables bid window

Terence Creamer | 08 May 2013 | Engineering News

Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer and solar project developer First Solar, of the US, is preparing a number of projects for submission during the third bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Regional director Johan Cilliers, who joined the group at the end of last year, having worked previously for General Electric, Siemens and Eskom, tells Engineering News Online that it currently has a pipeline of potential Southern Africa projects collectively representing 1 000 MW of capacity.

These are at various stages of development, with the most advanced projects, which range in size, being prepared for the August 19 bid-submission deadline in South Africa. Cilliers is coy, however, in disclosing the sites, saying only that they are all in close proximity to existing grid connections. Continue reading

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