ESKOM envisages a bigger role for itself in the nascent renewable energy industry in SA, according to Ayanda Nakedi, senior GM at Eskom’s renewables energy unit.The Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has seen companies invest more than R168bn in the renewable energy industry.After four rounds of bid windows — the first of which commenced in the latter half of 2011 — the department has allocated over 6,000MW to 79 projects. The bulk of the projects are for large-scale renewables plants such as concentrating solar power plants, solar photovoltaic and onshore wind technologies.This investment is well aligned to SA’s white paper on energy of 1998, which entrenches a diverse mix of energy sources into the county’s future energy resources.Eskom is one of the pioneers in the domestic renewable energy industry. Long before the department’s procurement programme, Eskom started work on the 100MW Sere Wind Farm project on the Atla...

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