Vestas wins share of 1 GW South African renewables tender

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Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has won a major part of South Africa’s latest tender round for over 1 GW of new renewable capacity.

The company has been appointed preferred supplier for five of the 19 new energy projects, representing some 297 MW of the total 562 MW allocated to new wind capacity.

The remainder of the 1044 MW of renewable capacity will be mostly divided between solar and hydro projects, as well as a few smaller landfill gas and biomass projects.

The latest tender is part of South Africa’s R100 million (£7.7 million) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) to install more than 3725 MW of renewable energy by 2016 to reduce its dependence on coal.

The value of the second round projects is an estimated R28 million (£2.2 million) and bidders have until the end of the year to demonstrate the financial viability of their plans, or they will be retendered in subsequent rounds.

Developers of the first-round projects, which are worth an estimated R46 million (£3.5 million), have until later next month to confirm financial details.

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