South Africa plans three renewable energy rounds of 6,800 MW over coming year

South Africa plans to launch three procurement rounds for 6,800 MW of renewable energy over the next year, as well as a combined 5,000 MW procurement of new coal, gas and storage. …

The country plans to launch the first renewables procurement round in January or February 2021 for 2,600 MW of wind and solar, with another 2,600 MW round in August 2021 and a third for 1,600 MW in January or February 2022. A procurement round for around 500 MW of energy storage would start around September, followed by rounds for 1,500 MW of coal and 3,000 MW of gas around December. Africa’s most industrialised nation is heavily dependent on coal-fired power but plans to move towards a more diversified mix of generation sources.

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