Consolidating wind power’s early success
When the REIPPPP was launched in August 2011, the wind industry in South Africa had just spent the best part of fifteen years working ceaselessly to install a cumulative 10 MW of wind power in the country.
The going wasn’t easy, and if the Darling National Demonstration Wind Farm ‘demonstrated’ anything, it was how hard it can be to make wind power succeed in the country. Just the EIA took eight years and two High Court cases to get approved. Years had been spent advocating a Feed-in Tariff Scheme (“REFIT”) and the joy when it was announced was shortly thereafter followed by the numbing realisation that it wouldn’t be implemented.