The wind energy industry in South Africa has seen an increase in disputes between existing wind farm operators and new wind farm developments, as well as between proposed new developments in proximity to each other. This a direct outcome of the wake loss effects, a concept which refers to reduction in power generation output and losses in revenues that occur as a results of a new wind farm being developed nearby in its wind direction. The upwind wind farm would generate wake effects that ultimately reduce the output of the downwind wind farm due to the change in the yield of the wind reaching the downwind wind farm.
What can, and must be learned to improve community development in the REIPPPP, the largest renewable energy programme ever undertaken in South Africa?
This was the question that 150 diverse participants came together to explore at a dedicated Learning Event, ‘Deepening REIPPPP’s Community Development Impact’ in February 2020. The event was funded by USAID in partnership with the IPP Office, and supported by the industry associations SAWEA and SAPVIA. It was hosted at the Industrial Development Corporation in Johannesburg.