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South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program: Success Factors and Lessons

Anton Eberhard, University of Cape Town Joel Kolker, World Bank Institute James Leigland, Private Infrastructure Development Group

South Africa occupies a central position in the global debate regarding the most effective policy instruments to accelerate and sustain private investment in renewable energy. In 2009, the government began exploring feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable energy, but these were later rejected in favor of competitive tenders. The resulting program, now known as the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP), has successfully channeled substantial private sector expertise and investment into grid-connected renewable energy in South Africa at competitive prices.

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Categories: Energy, Infrastructure Financing, Private Sector & Public-private Partnerships

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