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The South African government has issued a Request for Qualifications and Proposal for 4th bidding window of REIPPP, which includes larger allocations for small hydropower.
The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) is the bidding process initiated by the South African government to procure electricity from renewable energy sources.
Under windows 1 to 3 of REIPPP small hydropower was defined as having an installed capacity of between 1 and 10 MW.
Only in window 2 two hydropower projects were awarded the preferred bidder status: the 4.3 MW Stortemelk project and the 10 MW Neusberg hydro.
Last week Friday the Government issued a Request for Qualifications and Proposal for 4th bidding window REIPPP, which includes a new capacity limit for small hydropower. For this window projects up to 40 MW do qualify. Another change was the maximum price the government is willing to pay for hydro based electricity.
The new price cap for small hydro is now R 1060 / MWh [increased from R 850 / MWh] (US$ 99 and US$ 79 respectively),
Additional information: REIPPP web site
News date: 01/06/2014