South Africa ready to sign deals with first renewables projects

South Africa has finally given the green light to an initial $5.4bn worth of renewable energy projects that will allow it to procure 1.4GW of electricity and help reduce its reliance on coal-fired plants, says the country's energy minister.

After months of delays, the Department of Energy says contracts will be signed on 5 and 6 November for the 28 wind and solar projects selected almost a year ago in the first round of South Africa's renewables programme.

The plants are due to be operational between 2014 and 2016.

Africa's largest economy depends on coal for 85% of its current power base of around 41GW.

South Africa has been struggling to meet a fast-rising demand for power. Bidding for alternative energy projects should add an additional 3.2GW to the Log in to read complete article.

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