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South Africa relaxes approval process for small renewable power projects

22 May 2019

The Ministry of Energy of South Africa has ordered the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to start licensing 500 MW of small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects without the project developer having to request an authorisation from the Ministry for deviation from the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) (2010-2030). SSEG projects are mainly solar PV, wind and biogas power plants ranging between 1 and 10 MW.

Under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), South Africa aims to reach 6,925 MW of renewables in 2020, excluding large hydro. This decision is expected to accelerate the implementation of renewable power projects and to provide additional power generation capacity. More than 1 GW of these SSEG projects would otherwise have waited years for approvals.

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