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Engie SA expects to move forward with three South African solar projects this week as the nation struggles to accelerate a program to add renewable power.
The French developer plans to sign power-purchase agreements for a total of 225 megawatts of solar projects after being selected as a preferred bidder as part of the so-called fifth bid window, according to Mohamed Hoosen, Engie’s managing director for renewables in Africa, Middle East and Asia.
South Africa picked 25 wind- and solar-power projects to be built by private developers last year to reduce the nation’s reliance on coal for electricity and end rolling blackouts that are curbing economic growth. Those plans have faced various delays and challenges to reach financial close.