The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has decided on Guidelines for the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT). Now, the production of renewable energy will be supported by the government with 1,25 R/kWH for wind-energy, with 0,95 R/kWh for small hydro-energy, with 0,90 R/kWh for landfill gas-energy and with 2,10 R/kWh for concentrated solar-energy. The REFIT will be valid for the next 20 years. The South-African Government has set itself the target to produce 10.000 GWh of energy by 2013 from renewable resources. While the expressed aim of the REFIT is, to establish a price that covers the cost of generation plus a “reasonable profit” it is evident that the tariffs are too low to even cover the costs of production.
The full decision, reasons of the decision and the REFIT Guidelines will be available on the NERSA website (www.nersa.org.za).