Bad news for South Africa as renewable energy projects have been delayed


South Africa will continue to allocate three onshore wind stations from a delayed bidding round to supply renewable energy, an initiative aimed at helping to reduce record levels of power cuts.

The Coleskop Wind Power, San Kraal Wind Power and Phezukomoya Wind Power developments are ready for signing after receiving regulatory approvals, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy said in a statement Tuesday.

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Other projects are expected to be completed at a later date.

Nearly a year ago, a total of 25 wind and solar projects worth about R50 billion ($2.8 billion) in investment were announced and are expected to add nearly 2,600 megawatts to the national grid.

South Africa has suffered record year for power cutswith state-owned Eskom Holdings unable to meet demand due to frequent outages of its fleet of aging coal-fired power plants.

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The government has rolled out a number of programs to add capacity, but these are prone to delays.

The energy department original scheduled to reach financial close for the fifth round within six months of the announcement of the winners on October 29, 2021.

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