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EIA Guideline for Renewable Energy Projects

The Department of Environmental Affairs has recently published EIA Guidelines for Renewable Energy Project for comment by 8 October 2014. The Guidelines seek to facilitate project planning, financing, permitting and implementation for both developers and regulators in the renewable energy sector in light of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (“REIPPP”). The Guideline is attached .

Part A reviews the relevant technologies associated with wind, biomass and waste, waves and ocean current, solar and small scale hydro projects and cross references the relevant authorisations, legislation and policies required for each of these technologies listed in Part B.

 

Part B contains a brief summary of the relevant legislation.

Part C sets out each of the stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities.

Part D sets out the National Environmental Management Act, Environmental Authorisation approval process.

Comments in respect of the Guidelines must be submitted to The Director-General: Department of Environmental Affairs, Attention: Mr Siyabonga Zondi at szondi@environment.gov.za.

Alternatively, should you want the Chamber to submit a comment on your behalf, please send your comments and concerns to Shivani Singh (singhs@durbanchamber.co.za) by Wednesday, 1 October 2014.

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