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The DoE to announce list of preferred bidders in round 4 is imminent

South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy secured a spot in round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) for three renewable power projects in South Africa.

According to the African-based company the three projects include the 120MW Golden Valley Wind facility, 45MW Aggeneys Solar PV and 86MW Konkoonsies II Solar PV Facility, a total of 251MW of installed capacity.

All three projects are expected to reach completion by Q3 2017 with a total investment of ZAR4.5 billion.

BioTherm claims that Golden Valley in the Eastern Cape could power an estimated 190,000 households and the joint power from the Northern Cape PV plants could generate enough power to electrify 60,000 households.

Jasandra Nyker, BioTherm Energy CEO stated: “We appreciate the DOE’s commitment to supporting a South African development and investment platform in this round.”

Additional projects in Africa

As the first Independent Power Producer (IPP) to be selected as a preferred bidder in Zambia, the energy company secured four solar projects in the East African country in addition to being awarded preffered bidder for two solar projects in Burkina Faso.

“BioTherm’s focus on sub-Saharan Africa is equally important to its growth strategy in South Africa,” Nyker said.

“Regionalised growth of renewable energy such as wind or solar offers significant economic development and assists in improving the local manufacturing and services value chain. The recent announcement of the Round 4 projects adds to South Africa’s energy evolution and is a further step towards establishing a sustainable, low carbon environment,” he concluded.

BioTherm is committed to staying on schedule and in line with its given budget as well as contributing towards sustainable economic development in the communities in which they operate.

In addition to round four the company was awarded wind and solar projects with the total capacity of 49MW in round one of REIPPPP.