Country:South Africa
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2011
Policy Type:Policy Support, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums, Economic Instruments
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy

In March 2011 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), a public procurement programme, replaced the Feed-in Tariff system, which was introduced in 2009.

Qualifying technologies: onshore wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass solid, biogas, landfill gas and small hydro plants.

A ceiling tariff level is established for each technology in the auctions. Winning bidders sign PPAs, which are guaranteed for a period of 20 years.

From 2011 to the beginning of 2015 five rounds of reverse auctions were held for construction and supply of 3 625 MW of large-scale (>5MW) renewable energy capacity. 

Results of the auction rounds


Auction number

Auction date

Capacity allocated

Technology split


Round 1

7 December 2011

1.4 GW



Round 2

21 May 2012

1 GW



Round 3

29 October 2013

1.4 GW



Round 3b

11 December 2014

200 MW allocated to solar thermal



Round 4

11 April 2015

1.1GW allocated and 7 June 2015, additional 1.08GW allocated


685 MW - wind

415 MW - solar PV

40 Mw - biomass

5 MW - small hydro

As of 9 November 2017 the PPAs are not yet signed


 7 June 2015

additional 1.08GW allocated


“Expedited bidding” round however as of 9 November 2017 the PPAs are not yet signed



This record supersedes:Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT)

Last modified: Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:12:02 CET