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Mainstream Renewable Power projects to deliver 1.27 GW of new wind and solar for South Africa

Christian Fernsby |
Mainstream Renewable Power announced that twelve of its projects have won preferred bidder status in Round 5 of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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The wind and solar projects, which have a total capacity of 1.27 GW, represent half of the total allocation in the Round.

The Mainstream led consortium, named "Ikamva" which means "the future" in Xhosa, will deliver six onshore wind projects and six solar PV projects, including the first REIPPPP project in South Africa's KwaZulu Natal province.

The consortium brings together a range of expertise, led by Mainstream's 100% African team of over a hundred professionals, and comprises Globeleq, Africa Rainbow Energy and Power, H1 Holdings and local community trusts. As a result of this award Mainstream will double the size of its South African team and will be actively recruiting another 100 South Africans to support the engineering and construction of the 12 projects.

The projects will produce approximately 4,500 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of green electricity each year, helping to avoid nearly 5 million tonnes of CO2 per annum, once fully operational.

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