Manufacturers of renewable-energy inputs have called on government to urgently finalise the financial closure for the 17 projects identified as preferred bids following the third procurement round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Real data on the output from South Africa’s wind farms shows they are significantly exceeding estimates used to model South Africa’s twenty year energy blueprint the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), an Eskom spokesperson informed Africa’s largest wind energy conference in Cape Town.
Delegates at the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) Windaba 2014 heard that the data from the South African Wind Atlas used in the draft version of the latest update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which makes recommendations on the country’s future development of energy technologies up to 2030, had been conservative.
The government has warned that the extended deadline of November 24 for the financial close of the third-bid-window projects in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may be missed.
“It’s going to be tight. There’s a slim chance which will determine whether the announcement will be made on November 24, but it is slim,” Department of Energy acting director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard told the annual WINDaba, in Cape Town.
Wind farms will generate over R 7 billion of revenue for local economic development over next 20 years
Delegates on day one of the South African Wind Energy Association heard that wind energy is now set to make a contribution of more than ZAR 7 Billion to communities and socio-economic development over the next 20 years in South Africa. With five wind farms in full operation, 22 large-scale wind farms currently under construction and another 700 MW expected to be awarded imminently, the total capacity amounts to 2684MW set to be installed. Each of these developments has committed significant financial investment to nearby communities.
A one-day workshop running alongside wind energy conference Windaba will provide a forum for idea sharing and best practice development to ensure the ZAR5 Billion to be generated for communities from wind farms is invested collaboratively and effectively.
The title of the event, which will be held on November 4 in Cape Town is ‘Power2the People’: also the theme of this year’s conference. It is being co-ordinated by the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEAs) ‘Wind for Communities’ working group. Leading the proceedings will be Peter Willis, regular facilitator of the Eskom NGO forum and the South African Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. One highlight of the programme is a presentation from Kugan Thaver, Head of Strategic High Impact Projects, SIP Project office at Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) who will share the government agency view on how the wind industry is doing so far.
High-powered panel to discuss critical issues in SA electricity sector at Windaba
The electricity sector in South Africa has been the subject of intense debate in recent weeks, with the Eskom new-build projected to start delivering much needed power in 2015. Questions around where the country will find the electricity to support the ambitions in the National Development Plan until 2020 persist. A high-powered panel has been assembled to shed light on this and other related questions on November 4 2014 at the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) upcoming Windaba Conference in Cape Town.
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