South African renewables programme boosting on-site power

Independent power producer BioTherm Energy has secured a contract for the development of three renewable energy projects under the South African Department of Energy’s Preferred Bidders of Round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP).   The projects are the 120 MW Golden Valley Wind facility; the 45 MW Aggeneys Solar PV; and the 86 MW Konkoonsies II Solar PV Facility - totalling 251 MW of installed capacity.

All projects should reach completion by Q3 2017.

The African utility already owns and operates a 4.2 MW waste gas project at the PetroSA Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) Refinery (pictured) in Mossel Bay, in the Western Cape.

The company was also recently awarded preferred bidder status on four solar power projects in Zambia and secured two preferred bidder solar projects in Burkina Faso.

Commenting on the award Jasandra Nyker, BioTherm Energy CEO, said: ‘Regionalised growth of renewable energy such as wind or solar offers significant economic development and assists in improving the local manufacturing and services value chain.’

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