Wind energy conference to focus on community benefit...

... and economic development.As the South African energy sector continues to look for injections of hope, the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEAs) official conference ‘Windaba’ promises to be more popular than ever in its fourth consecutive year.

Already the wind industry is adding significant quantities of desperately needed electricity to the national grid. Now it promises to tackle the issues of rural development, job creation and community development.

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Winds of change blowing for SA energy

A report in today's issue of Legalbrief Environmental notes that SA had much to celebrate on Global Wind Day, 15 June.

SA Wind Energy Association (Sawea) chair Dipolelo Elford said: '... there is no better time to highlight our ongoing efforts towards bettering communities.

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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 Grail” of the burgeoning industry.

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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, and loadshedding and forced lower energy use by industry did not occur, said FMF executive director Leon Louw during a media briefing at the group’s offices in Bryanston.

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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 turbines spinning by the time we wave 2014 goodbye – a clear indication that wind power is taking off in the country.

Across South Africa, five wind farms are in full production, 15 large-scale wind farms are under construction and another seven are approaching financial close. Once all of them are up and running and their proposed 700 turbines installed, they will generate 1 983 MW of power.

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