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Power Producers’ to Contribute 7000 MW

The contribution of independent power producers under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) is expected to grow to about 7 000 MW.

“The energy contribution of independent power producers is expected to grow to approximately 7 000 MW with the first 47 renewable energy independent power producers fully operational by mid-2016. Private investment in the programme currently exceeds R194 billion,” said Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Wednesday.

 

Tabling the department’s Budget Vote, in Parliament, Minister Joemat-Pettersson said the programme has become one of the world’s most progressive and successful alternative energy programmes.

Since their introduction, solar, wind, biomass, small hydro and landfill gas power plants have been going up across the country, feeding increasing numbers of clean energy into the national grid.

 

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