Speaking at the Power & Electricity World Africa conference, in Sandton, on behalf of Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, he noted that the small-generator programme was designed to stimulate participation of small and emerging project developers.
Further, he reiterated that the second bid window of the REIPPPP, which represents about 1 200 MW of renewable-energy capacity and an estimated investment value of R28-billion, would reach financial close at the end of this month.
Barnard noted that the third and last window, which totalled about 1 000 MW of capacity, was also still open for bidding. This window would include a concentrating solar power allocation and was expected to close in August.
He said good progress had been made with most of the successful bidders in the first bid window. In January, construction started on most of the 28 renewable-energy projects, which would reach a total capital cost of R47-billion.