South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) is into its sixth year and has achieved remarkable successes to date.

Opportunities: Fast facts

Changes in the country’s electricity sector continue to present a variety of opportunities for the RE market in future rounds of the REIPPPP, during which the government will procure a further 7.8 GWp of generation capacity.

  • potential for local government procurement of electricity from IPPs
  • manufacturing opportunities from local content requirements
  • opportunities for greentech manufacturers in the proposed Atlantis GreenTech SEZ.

The programme has: procured over 6 300 MWp of renewable energy generation capacity, with over 2 400 MWp of capacity connected and feeding into the national grid; selected 102 preferred bidders to develop projects across the country (with projects in every province across South Africa); received a Ministerial determination to procure a further 6 300 MWp of generation capacity (a second ‘doubling’ of the capacity allocated to the programme, merit to the programme’s success); attracted over R 195 billion in investment, with over 25% of this being foreign investment; successfully stimulated the development of a local renewable energy technology components manufacturing base; achieved significant technology price reductions – with South Africa boasting some of the world’s lowest clean energy costs

The programme and by virtue the renewable energy industry, is well positioned to continue contributing to national development agenda as embodied in the government’s strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs) and the National Development Plan (NDP).


Eco-system of policies relating to the REIPPPP

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News and events

First Industry Working Group hosted for South African Renewable Energy Masterplan

The first industry working group meeting, towards the development of the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), was hosted online on 26 August 2020. Read more

Webinar summary [12 August 2020]: Setting up for the 2020s: Addressing South Africa’s electricity crisis and getting ready for the next decade … and now #Covid19

  Presentation by: Dr Jarrad Wright (Principle Researcher, CSIR Energy Centre) & Joanne Calitz (Senior Engineer, CSIR Energy Centre)   You can access the full recording of the 12 August 2020 webinar here.... Read more


News release: Sustaining future economic opportunities – Investing in the green economy in 2020

News releaseMay 2020 Sustaining future economic opportunities – Investing in the green economy in 2020  GreenCape’s 2020 Market Intelligence Reports, produced in partnership with the Western Cape Government’s Department of Economic Development... Read more

Case Study: Empowering schools and communities through the REIPPPP

GreenCape has published a utility-scale renewable energy case study looking at the community benefits derived through the prescribed socio-economic development policy of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurment Programme... Read more