Crunch time for SA energy bidders

Business Day Online
26 September 2011: Industry experts say there is sufficient interest in the programme, renewable energy groups are now open for business in SA.
HOPEFUL bidders in the independent power producer procurement programme for 3725MW of renewable power must be having sleepless nights as they get their ducks in a row for the first phase of the programme, which closes on November 4.
With more than a month to go before the end of the first bid phase, it is safe to say that the local renewable energy industry is, at last, open for business. But for hundreds of local and international companies that want to be part of the programme, this is crunch time.
In contemplation of the procurement process, many of these companies already have pipelines of renewable energy projects. The only question they are asking themselves is whether or not they are ready to bid.
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