The South African government has finally formally launched the long-delayed process to procure new renewable energy generation capacity, having published an advertisement for a request for qualifications and proposals over the weekend.
The Department of Energy (DoE) has invited potential developers to submit proposals for the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of any onshore wind, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, biomass, biogas, landfill gas, or small hydro technologies.
The request for proposals (RFP) documentation would be available for download from midday August 3, 2011, and a mandatory bidders briefing session had been scheduled for September 14, at 10:00.
Successful bidders would enter into an implementation agreement with the DoE and a power purchase agreement with a “buyer”, most probably the single buyers office within State-owned utility Eskom.
No details were provided about the nature of the RFP. Read more