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Engineering News

22nd July 2011

Renewable energy developer Red Cap has received environmental approvals for three contiguous wind farm sites in the Eastern Cape and has also concluded an agreement with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to facilitate material community ownership in its proposed projects.

CEO Mark Tanton tells Engineering News Online that it is now keen for the long-awaited procurement process to begin “in whatever shape, or form”. But it also wants to be given a reasonable timeframe in which to refashion its bid to fit with the new procurement framework.

He also believes that it would not be “unreasonable” for potential developers to expect some form of consultation from the Department of Energy and the National Treasury, which will together run a procurement process that will include both price and non-price selection criteria.

In a joint open letter to policymakers, the South African Wind Energy Association, the South African Photovoltaic Association and the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association said new consultations were necessary to ensure the revised procurement process is “workable”.

Tanton says such consultation need not take the form of a review, which would delay the process. Instead, government could simply outline the new principles and extend the response period for the request for proposals to between 90 and 120 days to allow developers time to recalibrate their bids to the new rulesRead more.