Update: South Africa backs PV in first major renewables tender

South Africa's government gave surprisingly heavy backing to PV developments in its first major renewables tender, which saw Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) emerge as one of the big winners across both key technologies.

Despite past indications that South Africa puts far more stock in wind than solar, it handed out 632MW of PV capacity spread across 18 projects in its “first window” of renewables allocations.

By comparison, it allocated 634MW of wind spread across eight projects.

It also dished out 150MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity at two projects, including the 100MW Abengoa-led KaXu Solar One.

Alongside its local partners, Ireland’s MRP got the green light for its 134MW Jeffreys Bay wind project – as well as the 50MW De Aar and Log in to read complete article.

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