CEO Blog

by Brenda Martin

Brenda is an energy policy and planning practitioner. She has worked as an implementer of small-scale renewable energy projects, a researcher on issues of electricity planning (particularly as these relate to renewable energy and nuclear power) and a facilitator of transition process. She is interested in South Africa’s continued socio-political energy transition toward a larger share of renewable power supply and the realisation of opportunities for both energy security and socio-economic growth within this.

Global Wind Day 2013

Power4Good and a humbling reminder of what it’s all about

Global Wind Day is celebrated annually on the 15th of June in 75 countries. The commemoration is broader than just electricity from wind power and celebrates all facets of wind.

SAWEA partners with the Global Wind Energy Council to host the South African chapter of Global Wind Day. It was done for the first time in 2012, when a business breakfast in Sandton featured speakers on wind power and a keynote by the first black man to sail solo around the world, South Africa’s own Neal Petersen.

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Community development through the IPP’s

How to capacitate the industry to make a meaningful contribution?

Community involvement and socio economic development have emerged as key issues in the success of the South African wind industry moving forward. The ERC at UCT have been very pro-active in furthering debate and learning in these fields and recently hosted a workshop that was well attended by key role players.  The ERC team were kind enough to adapt their report on the workshop into the blog post below. The full report is available to members here. We thank Holle Wlokas, Leonie Joubert and Louise Tait for sharing their work with us.   

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Environmental Authorisations

Wind clusters and special zones for wind development

Environmental authorisation (EIA EA) has proven to be one of the most critical milestones in the life of a South African wind energy project. Under the REIPPP rules, it is only possible to bid if the EA is in hand, and the timeline has generally proven to be longer than a year. Moreover, the outcome is uncertain to the last. To developers spending funds in parallel on other development imperatives, the uncertainty and frequent delays can be unnerving, to say the least.

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Wind REIPPP round 1 PPA's signed:

 Industry rocket launch after a slow count-down

After years of hopeful work on the early stages of project development, giving inputs to the regulatory regime and breathing deeply at successive set-backs, it all came together for the wind energy pioneers on Monday, 5 November 2012, when the Round 1 projects gathered with Eskom and government representatives to sign their respective Power Purchase Agreements.

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Logistical challenges facing wind power in the short and medium term in South Africa

“As members who regularly visit the Working Group Facebook pages of the SAWEA website will know, SAWEA has nine industrious Working Groups dealing with various subjects that are important to the collective. In the weeks to follow, leaders of Working Groups will be invited to brief the broader  readership on matters pertinent to their Working Group. This week, Lee Smith, who heads the Logistics Working Group, shares his views on the Logistical challenges facing wind power in the short and medium term in South Africa.” - Johan van den Berg

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