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The government is still considering more agreements with renewable energy independent power producers amounting to R64bn, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says. Radebe was speaking at a contract signing ceremony on Wednesday between Eskom and 27 independent power producers for bid windows 3.5 and 4 that will inject more than R55bn in direct foreign investment into the local economy. However, the extension of the projects, which have faced strong opposition from labour unions, was dependent on affordability, prices, economics and the value of money, he said. Since the programme was launched, 53 independent power producer projects had started operations, 27 were signed on Wednesday and 22 others were in the pipeline. It was expected that the total electricity generation capacity of all the 102 independent power producers would be 17,000MW. "Having signed these bid windows 3.5 and 4, we still have other projects in the pipeline to be signed. Furthermore, we are still giving consideration to...

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