The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (Reeep) in its ninth call for proposals has finalised two of the 28 projects aimed at scaling up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets and selected developing countries in Africa and Asia. Two of these are located in South Africa. The first project is a feasibility study that will focus on identifying small-scale hydropower potential powering water supply in Kwa-Zulu-Natal by building small hydropower plants on existing infrastructure. The second project is an investigative study that will assist municipalities in providing sustainable electricity at municipal level for various municipalities. The eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, has already brought two mini hydroschemes on its existing infrastructure to the tender-bidding stage, but the municipality is faced with challenges to fund the development of other mini hydro-opportunities.
Therefore, the first Reeep project will assess hydropower potential on the existing water supply infrastructure and consider issues involving load centres, power generation potential, sustainability and networks, as well as technical and construction issues. Read on Engineering News >