The South African government is ready to unveil three rounds for the generation of 6800 MW of renewable energy in the country. The first round will be rolling out within February this year to earmark the country’s seriousness about the projects. The country’s leadership does not articulate the framework of the South African authorities in renewable energy. Some details concerning the field were unraveled by the African National Congress (ANC), which is leading the country. The meeting demonstrated that the President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa administration is preparing to deploy three cycles of contracts that will inform the generation of 6800 MW of renewable energy within this year.
The slated schedules call for unveiling the first round of energy production in February to meet the targets of the other cycles. The independent power producers (IPPs) in solar and wind energy production will enumerate their proposals that will inform the generation of 2600 MW. The second cycle will start in August this year, looking for similar companies to develop 2600 MW of wind and solar power. The last round will hopefully kick off in January next year to generate 1600 MW. South Africa is also strategizing on offering contracts to companies dealing in electricity storage, which will start in September this year. The companies will be battling it out to win the contract involving the storage of 500 MW of electricity.
The purpose of these strategies is to advance the country’s energy capacity while also cutting down the load of emissions. The projects’ success will help the country align itself towards the achievement of the international objectives of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. However, South Africa is not running away from fossil fuel energy since the authorities have a 4500 MW construction project that will establish gas and coal-fired power plants.
These projects will be an impediment for the country in achieving net-zero emissions since their dependence on fossil fuels will continue to grow. However, it is understandable for the country to focus in this direction because the country’s economic growth rate is high, increasing the demand for electricity for both household activities and industrial or business operations.
The three cycles of tenders that will process 6800 megawatts of renewable energy will help this sector to expand and start similar projects in other areas where electricity demand is high. The sector can also advance into the remote areas and scarcely populated areas to develop more utilities to grow the industry.