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A fifth round of the renewable power programme can be expected shortly after the cabinet adopts the new Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), energy minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. Asked about his plans for another round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme, as announced in early June, Radebe said, "any round will come shortly after the adoption by [the] cabinet of the Integrated Resource Plan, but preparations are ongoing". The draft IRP was released for comment last week, with a 60-day window for interested parties to submit commentary. The plan indicates a gradual move away from coal power in favour of wind, solar and gas. But because of low demand forecasts paired with coal-fired power from Medupi and Kusile yet to come online, it is not foreseen that more green power will be needed until 2025. Round expired Davin Chown, chair of the SA Photovoltaic Industry Association, said the fifth round the minister referred to is not in the draft IRP because it is...

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