On Thursday, the South African Government signed 15 renewable energy deals in window three of the REIPP programme, Reuters said on Friday.

Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe told Bloomberg reporters that the combined use of wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric energy will contribute 11.4GW to the national grid — bids will take place in window four.

With the new coal- fired plants, Kusile and Medupi running 4 years behind schedule, government believes these new developments will help alleviate short term pressure.

A Government source said that the winning bids for window three will be announced on Monday 15 December 2014.

‘On Monday we will reveal the names of the projects that are successful and also the megawatt for each project and the size of the plants we are going to build’, the source said.

 Companies participating in the bidding process include:

  • BioTherm
  • Enel Green Power
  • Sky Power
  • Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Mulilo

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed last week to take over Eskom’s affairs including the strategy to resolve the current energy crisis.