Globally, the renewable energy revolution is gaining momentum, and renewable resource-rich South Africa is striving to keep up. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) recently reported that a tipping point has been reached and the world is now adding more renewable power capacity each year than new coal, natural gas, and oil capacity combined.

In April 2015, the South African government announced the successful projects in the fourth round of the renewable energy independent power producers programme (REIPPP), bringing the total number of projects approved to 79. The 41 projects already online are making a valuable contribution during the current power crisis South Africa is facing, and the renewable energy rollout is gathering pace in the country.

The map below shows the 79 projects from the first four rounds of the REIPPP.

 The table below lists South Africa’s 79 projects from the first four rounds of the REIPPP:

Title

Technology

Closest Town

Capacity (MW)

Programme

Status

Adams Solar PV 2 Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Hotazel 82.5 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: August 2016
Aggeneys Solar Project Solar PV Aggeneys 40.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: mid-2017/early-2018
Amakhala Emoyeni (Phase 1) Onshore Wind Bedford 134.4 REIPPP 2 Expected COD: mid-2016
Aries Solar Solar PV Kenhardt 9.7 REIPPP 1 Online
Aurora Solar PV Aurora 10.35 REIPPP 2 Online
Bokpoort CSP Project Concentrated Solar Thermal (CSP) – Trough Groblershoop 50.0 REIPPP 2 Expected COD: Q3 2016
Boshoff Solar Park Solar PV Boshof 60.0 REIPPP 2 Online
Chaba Onshore Wind Komga 20.6 REIPPP 2 Expected COD: September 2015
Cookhouse Wind Farm Onshore Wind Cookhouse 135.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Dassiesklip Wind Energy Facility Onshore Wind Caledon 26.2 REIPPP 1 Online
De Aar Solar Power Solar PV De Aar 50.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Dorper Wind Farm Onshore Wind Molteno/Sterkstoom 97.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Dreunberg Solar PV Dreunberg 69.6 REIPPP 2 Online
Droogfontein Solar Power Solar PV Kimberley 50.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Droogfontein Solar Power 2 Solar PV Kimberley 75.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: Q4 2016
Dyason’s Klip 1 Solar PV Upington 75.0 REIPPP 4 Construction start 2017
Dyason’s Klip 2 Solar PV Upington 75.0 REIPPP 4 Construction start 2017
Electra Capital – Paleisheuwel Solar Park Solar PV Clanwilliam 75.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: October 2016
Golden Valley Wind Onshore Wind Cookhouse 117.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: mid-2017/early-2018
Gouda Wind Facility Onshore Wind Gouda 135.2 REIPPP 2 Online
Grassridge Onshore Wind Port Elizabeth 59.8 REIPPP 2 Online
Greefspan PV Power Plant Solar PV Douglas 10.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Herbert PV Power Plant Solar PV Douglas 19.9 REIPPP 1 Online
Hopefield Wind Farm Onshore Wind Hopefield 65.4 REIPPP 1 Online
Jasper Power Company Solar PV Postmasburg 75.0 REIPPP 2 Online
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm Onshore Wind Jeffreys Bay 138.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Johannesburg Landfill Gas to Electricity Landfill Gas Johannesburg 18.0 REIPPP 3 Not online.
Kalkbult Solar PV De Aar 72.5 REIPPP 1 Online
Karoshoek Consortium CSP – Linear Fresnel Kimberley 100.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: 31 March 2017
Karusa Wind Farm Onshore Wind Northern Cape 140.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: 2018
Kathu Solar Energy Facility Solar PV Kathu 75.0 REIPPP 1 Online
KaXu Solar One CSP – Trough Pofadder 100.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Khi Solar One CSP – Central Tower Upington 50.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Khobab Wind Farm Onshore Wind Loeriesfontein 138.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: April 2017
Konkoonsies Solar Solar PV Pofadder 9.7 REIPPP 1 Online
Konkoonsies Solar 2 Solar PV Pofadder 75.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: mid-2017/early-2018
Kruisvallei Hydro Hydropower Clarens 5.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: end-2017/early-2018
Lesedi Power Company Solar PV Postmasburg 64.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Letsatsi Power Company Solar PV Bloemfontein 64.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Linde Solar PV Hanover 36.8 REIPPP 2 Online
Loeriesfontein 2 Wind Farm Onshore Wind Loeriesfontein 138.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: April 2017
Longyuan Mulilo De Aar 2 North Wind Energy Facility Onshore Wind De Aar 139.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: March 2016
Longyuan Mulilo De Aar Maanhaarberg Wind Energy Facility Onshore Wind De Aar 96.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: March 2016
MetroWind Van Stadens Wind Farm Onshore Wind Port Elizabeth 27.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Mkuze Biomass Mkuze 16.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: Spetember 2016
Mulilo Prieska PV Solar PV Prieska 75.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: early 2016
Mulilo Renewable Energy Solar PV De Aar Solar PV De Aar 9.7 REIPPP 1 Online
Mulilo Renewable Energy Solar PV Prieska Solar PV Prieska 19.9 REIPPP 1 Online
Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV Solar PV Prieska 75.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: December 2015
Neusberg Hydro Electric Project A Small Hydro Kakamas 10.0 REIPPP 2 Online
Ngodwana Energy Project Biomass Nelspruit 25.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: 2018
Noblesfontein Onshore Wind Noblesfontein 72.8 REIPPP 1 Online
Nojoli Wind Farm Onshore Wind Cookhouse 87.0 REIPPP 3 Online
Noupoort Mainstream Wind Onshore Wind Noupoort 79.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: December 2015
Nxuba Wind Farm Onshore Wind Bedford 139.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: 2017
Oyster Bay Wind Farm Onshore Wind Cape St Francis 140.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: 2017
Pulida Solar Park Solar PV Kimberley 75.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: November 2015
Red Cap – Gibson Bay Onshore Wind St Francis Bay 111.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: early 2017
Red Cap Kouga Wind Farm – Oyster Bay Onshore Wind St Francis Bay 80.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Roggeveld Wind Farm Onshore Wind Laingsburg 140.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: Q3 2018
RustMo1 Solar Farm Solar PV Rustenburg 6.8 REIPPP 1 Online
Sirius Solar PV Project One Solar PV Upington 75.0 REIPPP 4 Expected COD: mid-2018
Sishen Solar Facility Solar PV Sishen 74.0 REIPPP 2 Online
SlimSun Swartland Solar Park Solar PV Swartland 5.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Solar Capital De Aar (Pty) Ltd Solar PV De Aar 75.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Solar Capital De Aar 3 Solar PV De Aar 75.0 REIPPP 1 Expected COD: June 2015
Soutpan Solar Park Solar PV Mokopane 28.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Stortemelk Hydro (Pty) Ltd Small Hydro Clarens 4.3 REIPPP 2 Expected COD: May 2016
Tom Burke Solar Park Solar PV Lephalale 60.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: February 2016
Touwsrivier Project Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic (CPV) Touwsrivier 36.0 REIPPP 1 Expected COD: June 2016
Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm Onshore Wind Tsitsikamma 94.8 REIPPP 2 Expected COD: end-2016
Upington Solar PV Solar PV Upington 8.9 REIPPP 2 Online
Vredendal Solar PV Vredendal 8.8 REIPPP 2 Online
Waainek Onshore Wind Grahamstown 23.4 REIPPP 2 Online
West Coast 1 Onshore Wind Vredenburg 90.8 REIPPP 2 Expected COD: mid- 2015
Witkop Solar Park Solar PV Polokwane 30.0 REIPPP 1 Online
Xina CSP South Africa CSP – Trough Pofadder 100.0 REIPPP 3 Expected COD: October 2016

Compiled by Noélle Koeries, Nina Pschorn and Christy van der Merwe.

The full feature appears in the June/July 2015 issue of earthworks magazine.