The South African government is looking for independent power producers to build and operate floating or ground-mounted solar power projects on selected government water utility infrastructure or dams. The projects must be in operation for 20 years.
Acceptable renewable sources include floating or land-mounted solar power, hydropower and wind. Projects can be either independent or networked. The department “intends to acquire new power generation capacity from IPPs to reduce ever-increasing energy costs and dependence on electricity from the grid,” according to the bid document.
Potential service providers have until April 18 to send their offers. Successful projects should be in operation for 20 years.
Last December, South Africa’s Eskom launched a tender for 36.5 MW/146 MWh of storage. The country has recently introduced a rebate scheme for rooftop electricity in an attempt to address the serious load-shedding challenges it has been facing.