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Implementing the Right Mix of Renewable Energy Projects in sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Emily Jarvis

In 2011, South Africa instigated the most successful and effective public-private renewable energy policy initiative in the African region. Together the Department of Energy, National Treasury and the Development Bank of South Africa established the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP), borne of a need to combat South Africa’s escalating energy prices and disproportionately high emissions levels.


So far, the scheme has successfully produced 39 functioning projects, with almost 30 more under construction, generating more than 2000MW of renewable energy. It is estimated that in the coming years, generation will double to at least 4000MW to supply the country’s ever-growing energy demands.


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