Stats and Facts SAWEA

Stats and Facts SAWEA


Specific data for reference purposes:

  • 6 422 MW of electricity procured from 112 RE Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in four bid rounds by June 2018
  • 3 776 MW of electricity generation capacity from 62 IPP projects connected to the national grid by June 2018
  • Thus far, 6 360 MW of wind power has been determined for procurement from IPPs i.e. 69% of the capacity planned by 20130 in terms of the IRP2010.
  • Due to its value proposition Wind power has taken a larger share of the planned RE investments to-date, now supplying 52% of SA’s RE power
  • There are currently 36 preferred bidder Wind IPPs with total capacity of 3 366 MW
  • 22 operational Wind IPPs have started commercial operation contributing 1980 MW into the national grid
  • 22 operational Wind IPP’s have an installed capacity of 2020 MW with more than 900 Wind Turbines spread out over three provinces
  • Average SA Wind power plant size is large (compared to global scale) at 93.5 MW
  • In the 12 months between June 2017 and June 2018, operational wind farms have reduced CO2 emissions 5.3 Mtons CO2e.
  • All RE: Socio-economic development contributions of R640.3 million to date, of which R69.1 million was spent in this reporting quarter;
  • All RE: Enterprise development contributions of   R204.6 million to date, of which R19.8 million was spent in this reporting quarter. Current programmes are largely focused on Education, Health & Enterprise Development
  • All RE: Created 36 528 Job Years, 41 451 full-time equivalent person-year jobs in construction and operations as of June 2017.

    Figure 1: Combined, cumulative Construction jobs as per IRP Update

    Deployment of wind energy as per the IRP Update has the potential to create and support up to a total of 103 649 direct full-time equivalent person-year jobs (FTE PYJs), 114 539 indirect FTE PYJs and 115 545 induced FTE PYJs during the long construction phase of the update period, according to CSIR Analysis for the current least-cost scenario IRP1. The direct jobs include 53 522 manufacturing FTE PYJs.

    Figure 2: Combined cumulative effect on O&M jobs as per IRP Update

    The proposed procurement of wind energy capacity enables the creation of 114,539 indirect FTE PYJs (in the value chain), which includes positions in manufacturing (22%), professional and business services (20%), sales (28%) and mining and extraction (10%). The workers earning salaries though these positions spend money in the economy, which further supports an estimated 115,545 induced FTE PYJs.

  • DoE confirmed that the RE Sector employed 1883 people directly by March 2018 i.e. for Rounds 1 to 3 only i.e. based on our contribution of power within the mix, the RE sector is currently four times more employment-intensive than SA coal and nuclear.
  • Wind contributes 52% of SA RE power supply, costs 33% of the RE bill and is forecast to contribute 59% of RE power-related emissions reductions over project lifespans.
  • Since inception of REIPPP, wind tariffs have dropped by 50% to +-79c/kWh, making wind prices comparable to new coal-based power generation and making SA RE tariffs competitive relative to the rest of the world
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