South Africa seeks manager of renewables program including hydro

The Development Bank of Southern Africa invites expressions of interest from consultants to serve as project manager for a US$17.3 million program to advance renewable energy development, including small hydropower, in South Africa. Responses are due August 31.

The World Bank board voted in June to establish policy, regulation, and institutional capacity to promote the Renewable Energy Market Transformation (REMT) project. (HNN 7/9/07) The program is to support South Africa’s 2003 White Paper on Renewable Energy setting a target of 4 percent of demand met by 2013 from renewables including biomass, wind, solar, and small-scale hydropower sources.

South Africa generates 75 percent of its electricity from coal, making it Africa’s largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions believed to contribute to global warming.

The program is being funded with US$6 million from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility, US$2.3 million from the South Africa government, and US$9 million leveraged from the private sector. Over four years, it is to remove barriers and reduce implementation costs of renewable energy technologies to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

South Africa’s Department of Minerals and Energy is responsible for implementing the program and designated the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) its implementing agent. DBSA seeks a project manager to be responsible for implementing REMT activities and developing renewable energy policy, institutional framework, and capacity building.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by August 31. For information, contact Program Manager Kumesh Naidoo, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Agencies Unit, P.O. Box 1234, Halfway House 1685, Head Way Hill, 1258 Lever Road, Midrand, South Africa; (27) 11-3133538; Fax: (27) 11-2063538; E-mail: kumeshn@dbsa.org.

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