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.
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.