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Wind energy powering ahead

Cape Town - South Africa’s new wind power industry is booming, courtesy of government support through its renewable energy procurement programme. And while communities living alongside wind farms stand to benefit hugely, getting the right mechanisms in place to ensure that mandatory benefits accrue to affected communities is the “Holy ...
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SA celebrates Global Wind Day

SA had much to celebrate on Global Wind Day, 15 June, the SA Wind Energy Association (Sawea) said last week. Continue Reading ...
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Energy constraints more troublesome than platinum strike – FMF Back (5)

The impact of South Africa’s ongoing strained energy supply has been more devastating than the effects of the protracted strike in the platinum belt, the Free Market Foundation (FMF) said on Thursday. South Africa’s economy was 13%, or R366-billion, smaller than it would have been had energy supply been stable, ...
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SA to have 400 wind turbines spinning by year-end

Driving along the West Coast road not far from Cape Town, it is hard to miss the 37 turbines reaching into the sky at the Hopefield wind farm. It may seem an unusual sight in South Africa for now, but not for too long. There are likely to be 400 ...
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Wind energy gathering momentum, Hopefield farm fully operational

SAWEA, assisted by our PR consultant Jo Reeves and events company Jade Sky, hosted a contingent of media representatives at the Hopefield Wind Farm on 15 May 2014.  Wind energy is pushing ahead in South Africa, with five wind farms in full operation, another 15 currently under construction and a ...
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Municipal reliance on electricity tariffs ‘impedes growth of small-scale generation’

MUNICIPALITIES’ reliance on electricity tariffs for much of their revenue is holding back the expansion of small-scale energy production, Western Cape climate change and biodiversity director Helen Davies said on Monday. The province, which aims to be South Africa’s lowest carbon-emitting province per capita, is scoping research into other ways ...
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There is light at the end of the renewable power tunnel

JUDGING by comments at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi recently, and recent statements by the South African Wind Energy Association, investment in the renewable energy sector is declining in Africa in general and in South Africa in particular. Evidence, however, indicates that far from experiencing a "rolling ...
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