The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) hosted the first of series of workshops focused on Wind Farm Community Trusts.
The workshop brought together Community Trustees, Economic Development Managers, and representatives from both the Government’s Independent Power Producer’s (IPP) office and wind farms in the region. Initiated to better understand the needs of the Community Trustees as they work for the benefit of beneficiary communities, participants used the opportunity to lay a foundation for ongoing support and increase effectiveness of Trusts.READ MORE
South Africa joins countries across the globe to celebrate Global Wind Day 2017. This worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June, is a day for re-considering wind, and the power it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economy and boost jobs and growth.
In more than 80 countries worldwide, wind farms generate clean and renewable power, and South Africa is no exception. From the shores of the Western Cape, across the Eastern and Northern Cape, to the Northern borders of South Africa, wind farms are producing power, creating local value and building futures.
SAWEA, following extensive consultation with its members, calls for the scenario to be remodelled as a ‘least-cost energy plan’ and re-issued for consultation.
SAWEA CEO Brenda Martin explains: “The current update includes unjustified artificial constraints on the connection rates for wind and solar PV. A least-cost base case is an essential starting point for the IRP process and government has an obligation to select the most affordable electricity supply options available”.