Enel a winner in South African renewables auction

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Italy’s Enel Green Power has successfully bid for a total of 513 MW of renewable power projects in South Africa.

The company was awarded solar photovoltaic projects entailing 314 MW, while also being selected for wind projects which will total 199 MW.

The contracts were awarded as part of the third round of the REIPPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme) renewable energy tender sponsored by the South African government.

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Enel stated on its web site that out of the amount awarded in the third round as of today, these projects represent more than 65 per cent and 25 per cent for solar PV and wind respectively.

In line with the rules of the REIPPPP, EGP has participated to the tender retaining a controlling 60 per cent stake in the bidding vehicles in partnership with relevant local players.

The four PV solar projects (Aurora, Tom Burke, Paleisheweul and Pulida) will be located across the country in the Northern Cape, Western Cape, Free State and Limpopo regions, in areas boasting the highest concentration of solar radiation in the country.

The two wind projects (Gibson Bay and Cookhouse) will be built in the Eastern Cape region in areas with an extremely high wind resource.

The six new projects will require a total investment of approximately $859M and are scheduled to be operational in 2016.

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