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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wind developers slam Nersa move to slash Refit rates


Renewable energy industry participants have expressed grave reservations over the nature, as well as the timing, of proposed cuts to South Africa’s yet-to-be-deployed renewable energy feed-in tariffs (Refit).

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has published a consultation paper entitled a ‘Review of Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariffs’, in which it proposes substantial decreases to the Refit rates when compared with those approved and promulgated in 2009. The paper also sets out new qualifying principles for landfill gas, biomass, biogas, concentrated solar power (CSP) trough (with and without storage), CSP tower (with storage), wind, small hydro and photovoltaic (ground mounted and rooftop).

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