Urban Earth releases South African Renewable Energy Snapshot

Submitted by: Amanda Botes, Thursday, March 19, 2015

<p>Urban Earth’s Renewable Energy Snapshot provides the most up to date information on renewable energy in South Africa. </p>

Urban Earth’s Renewable Energy Snapshot provides the most up to date information on renewable energy in South Africa. 

Urban Earth is pleased to announce the publication of its South African Renewable Energy Snapshot electronic book.  The Urban Earth Renewable Energy Snapshot collates recent information about the development of renewable energy in South Africa. The purpose of the e-book is to provide an overview of current developments and the existing state of renewable energy in South Africa.

Currently approximately 95% of South Africa’s electricity is provided by Eskom, of which the vast majority is derived from coal sources.  In order to lay the foundation for more renewable energy in the country a White Paper on Renewable Energy was drafted in 2003 that set a target of 10,000GWh of energy to be produced from renewable energy sources in South Africa by 2013. Although this target has not yet been achieved, South Africa is starting to make considerable progress towards achieving it.

The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in particular plans to procure 6,925MW of renewable energy capacity from the private sector.  There have already been four bidding windows for the programme and several renewable energy facilities are already in operation as a result of this programme.

The South African Renewable Energy Snapshot provides more detail on the REIPPPP and other renewable energy projects and is divided up into the following sections:

  • Renewable Energy Policy Context in South Africa
  • Renewable Energy Resources and Manufacturers in South Africa
  • The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme
  • REIPPPP Case Studies
  • Small Scale Embedded Energy

The e-book also includes a list of all of the REIPPPP projects that have been awarded to date.

The data for this snapshot has been derived from multiple sources including Eskom, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), the Department of Energy (DoE), renewable energy manufacturers, South African municipalities, and renewable energy companies.

The electronic Urban Earth South African Renewable Energy Snapshot can be purchased at a cost of R295.00 from the Urban Earth Website.

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Amanda Botes