In a series of government notices published in July, the South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, called for public input as part of the public consultation process on the amendment of procedures to be followed in applying for, or deciding on, environmental authorisation applications for large scale wind and solar PV activities.
These are also related to the identification of geographical areas of strategic importance for the development of electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure, large-scale wind and solar PV energy facilities and strategic gas transmission pipeline infrastructure.
As such public comment on the geographical areas identified as Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZ) for wind and solar, and required environmental authorisation processes has been extended to 4 September 2020.
The Department has also extended the comment period for the government notices related to the REDZ programme on 17 and 31 July 2020.
The Department explained that the areas of strategic importance for energy development were determined through three Strategic Environmental Assessments undertaken between 2016 and 2019.
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