SAWEA launches local #iheartwind campaign

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has launched an #iheartwind campaign, celebrating people’s love for wind energy across South Africa.

The campaign is based on the international hashtag #iheartwind which encourages people from around the globe to participate. Please join our South African campaign using these 4 easy steps:

  1. Print the #iheartwind poster here
  2. Write why you love wind power
  3. Take a photo of yourself with the sign - (you can even get creative and take your photo in front of a wind farm, or with the child that you hope to protect from pollution)
  4. Post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #iheartwind and @_sawea
  5. Upload it to our dedicated page at by using the form below.

Manufacturers Express Anxiety Over Renewables Delay

Manufacturers of renewable-energy inputs have called on government to urgently finalise the financial closure for the 17 projects identified as preferred bids following the third procurement round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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Wind energy outperforms expectations says Eskom

Real data on the output from South Africa’s wind farms shows they are significantly exceeding estimates used to model South Africa’s twenty year energy blueprint the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), an Eskom spokesperson informed Africa’s largest  wind energy conference in Cape Town.

Delegates at the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) Windaba 2014 heard that the data from the South African Wind Atlas used in the draft version of the latest update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which makes recommendations on the country’s future development  of energy technologies  up to 2030, had been conservative.

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Delay in SA’s renewable energy programme creates uncertainty

The government has warned that the extended deadline of November 24 for the financial close of the third-bid-window projects in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may be missed.

“It’s going to be tight. There’s a slim chance which will determine whether the announcement will be made on November 24, but it is slim,” Department of Energy acting director-general Dr  Wolsey Barnard told the annual WINDaba, in Cape Town.

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Wind farms will generate over R 7 billion of revenue for local economic development over next 20 years

Delegates on day one of the South African Wind Energy Association heard that wind energy is now set to make a contribution of more than ZAR 7 Billion to communities and socio-economic development over the next 20 years in South Africa. With five wind farms in full operation, 22 large-scale wind farms currently under construction and another 700 MW expected to be awarded imminently, the total capacity amounts to 2684MW set to be installed. Each of these developments has committed significant financial investment to nearby communities.

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