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South Africa launch initiative to power all govt buildings with renewables

The initiative is largest programme for the procurement of renewable energy and resource efficiency for public facilities.

South Africa’s Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille, this week launched a Request for Information (RFI) for the Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP). The iREREP initiative will see renewable energy and other resource-efficiency projects being implemented at all public buildings under the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI)’s portfolio in South Africa. 

“I am delighted to announce the start of the RFI process for this Programme, which will be the largest programme for the procurement of renewable energy and resource efficiency for public facilities,” says Minister De Lille.

“The RFI for the iREREP, is aimed at testing the market for additional ideas and information which comprehensively looks at ways to deliver mutual value through strong partnerships across Government and the private sector,” De Lille continued.

South Africa’s Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is the largest property owner in South Africa. DPWI’s buildings consume a significant amount of electricity and water. Recent studies show that DPWI’s properties have annual electricity and water consumption at an estimated 4021 Gigawatt hours and 39 million kilolitres respectively.

The iREREP initiative will run 30 years and is projected to contribute over R253 billion to GDP and create an estimated 146 000 jobs, according to Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille.

The government hopes to save over R401bn in revenue by 2050 which can be allocated to other priorities. DPWI also expects a reduction in energy use intensity of between 22% and 45% and a reduction in CO2 and other GHG emissions by over 54.5 megatons.

The iREREP RFI opened on the 20th of September and will have a duration of 30 days. Post this, the RFI Evaluation is expected to be concluded by the 15th of November, feeding into the finalisation of the Request For Proposals (RFP) documents, the drafting of which has already commenced. The request for proposals (RFP) for the Programme is expected to take place in January 2022.

To facilitate the preparation of the responses, DPWI created a website where interested parties may download the RFI (and related documents) and obtain information pertaining to the Programme.

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