29 Oct '12, 3pm

South Africa Seeks New Bids for 3,200 Megawatts of Green Energy

The government is targeting 1,470 megawatts from onshore wind projects, 400 megawatts from concentrated solar power and 1,075 megawatts from solar photovoltaic projects, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said. Biomass and biogas projects should each generate 47.5 megawatts, small hydropower projects 60 megawatts and other small projects 100 megawatts, she said. “The South African government is committed to renewable energy as part of our energy mix,” Peters told reporters in Pretoria today. The country is expanding electricity supply after state-run Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., which generates most of its power from coal, suffered shortages in 2008, leading to mine closures. Besides increasing the supply of renewable energy, the government wants to produce 2,500 megawatts more energy from coal and 2,609 megawatts fromhydropower by 2024, and 2,562 megawatts of extra gas power by 202...

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