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South Africa targets 3725 MW in renewables by 2016

South Africaࢀ™s government is confident that the recently launched bidding process for renewable energy will lead to the addition of 3725 MW of green energy by 2016, a senior government official has told Reuters.

A previous plan to attract independent producers of renewable energy through subsidized tariffs was scrapped in the face of legal challenges and regulatory hurdles. Under the new procurement plan some 320 developers from South Africa, Europe, North America and Asia have expressed interest.

ࢀœWe see the process is still on track,ࢀ said Nelisiwe Magubane, director general of South Africaࢀ™s Department of Energy.

ࢀœNow we have seen who is bidding, and how much work needs to be done, we are convinced that this will be done on time.ࢀ

Developers have until 4 November to submit bids. The preferred bidders will be announced during the global climate change conference held in South Africa in November/December.

South Africaࢀ™s new energy masterplan aims for 9600 MW of nuclear and 17 800 of renewable power up to 2030. More than 90 per cent of the countryࢀ™s power is currently supplied by coal fired plants.

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