Industry association the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) Working Group for Policy and Markets has provided insights into announcements made last month delaying two renewable energy procurement rounds. SAWEA says the sector, in general, views the interrupted procurement as “unfortunate”, citing that this delays the achievement of investment, job creation and security of electricity supply that South Africa needs.
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the registration of a further 16 distributed generation projects with a combined capacity of 211 MW and a collective investment value of R3.65-bilion. The approvals were made during a regulator executive committee meeting on June 6, at which full-time regulator member for electricity regulation Nhlanhla Gumede stated that the 100 MW reform “is now truly in play”.
The Germany-based Power Systems business of UK-domiciled major international power and propulsion systems and technology group Rolls-Royce has taken another step towards achieving net-zero carbon operations, with the opening of a new solar power complex, or park, in southern Germany. The solar park, named Berghof, is located at Tengen, in the German State of Baden-Württemberg. The new solar power complex has a capacity of 3.7 MWp and will supply Rolls-Royce Power Systems with some 4 000 000 kW/h of electricity a year. This will cut 1 300 t of carbon dioxide emissions annually, compared with the conventionally-generated electricity available in Germany. The solar park has a design life of at least 25 years.