Networking seminar – Economic and community development through the REIPPPP

Networking seminar participants.

The ongoing Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPPP) programme is attracting attention from the social sciences. The programme’s mandated community development investment challenges industry practice in project development and implementation. Increasingly, academic attention grows in support of industry, civil society and government, to maximise the investment’s developmental contribution. The Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosted a networking seminar for researchers working on this topic on the 21 st April 2016. The 23 participants were… Read moreNetworking seminar – Economic and community development through the REIPPPP

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Dassiesklip Wind Farm

The morning started with clear skies in sunny Cape Town, but after we reached the Overberg, the mist appeared and the clouds gathered. It was raining hard and was very windy as we reached the Dassiesklip Wind Farm near Caledon; a perfect day to see a wind turbine in full action! As we entered the grounds, we were welcomed by a beautiful rainbow touching the ground on both sides with, at one end, the wind turbines. As we approached those… Read moreThe pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Dassiesklip Wind Farm

Power to the people: renewable energy projects must be a collaborative effort

Renewable energy is finally a reality in South Africa’s electricity mix. The government’s renewable energy programme has procured 92 solar, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Some of these are already feeding into the national grid. Others meanwhile are in various stages of development. Community renewables are not unique to South Africa. It is the country’s policies and frameworks that are new. Provisions in the regulatory framework direct international investment towards community development. The companies that build renewable energy power plants… Read morePower to the people: renewable energy projects must be a collaborative effort

Communities for Wind Working Group launched under SAWEA

At this years Windaba in Cape Town, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) launched a new working group. Under the name Communities for Wind, the group is aiming to provide support to the industry to enable the best possible social and economic outcomes for communities. The development of good practice when it comes to working with communities, monitoring of the impacts and the support of positive relationships is the focus of the work content for the coming months. Relationships… Read moreCommunities for Wind Working Group launched under SAWEA

In conversation with the DoE: challenges implementing community benefits in the RE IPPPP

Louise Tait and Holle Wlokas from the ERC and Sue Soal from CDRA attended a high level meeting with the Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Unit, which comprises representatives from the Department of Energy and National Treasury, to discuss issues pertaining to the community benefit requirements in the RE IPPPP. Two representatives from GIZ’s SAGEN programme also attended the meeting. The DoE’s Renewable Energy Independent Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP) includes requirements for independent power producers (IPPs) to make financial contributions… Read moreIn conversation with the DoE: challenges implementing community benefits in the RE IPPPP

New report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP

The EPD team have launched a new publication in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) titled: Making Communities Count: maximising local benefit potential in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). In South Africa, independent power producers (IPPs) of renewable energy are invited to bid to take part in a large-scale, innovative, government-led scheme which aims to not only increase the share of renewable energy in the national grid, but also to… Read moreNew report released on community benefits in the RE IPPPP

RE IPPPP workshop on community benefits

The government’s utility scale renewable energy plants, being rolled out across the country between now and 2016 under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP), has specific requirements relating to economic development and community benefits. Four of the seven criteria relate to the citizens residing within a 50 kilometre radius around a proposed project site. These require that projects have a percentage local community ownership, contribute to local job creation, as well as spending directed towards socio-economic… Read moreRE IPPPP workshop on community benefits

Bethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

  Earlier this year I visited Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC) with three UCT students from the Engineers without borders (EWB) team (Ondela Mabusela, Tumelo Gabaraane, Matt Docherty) and ERC staff member, Anya Boyd, to see how the facility operates and gain technical and practical exposure to some of the renewable technology that is being used and developed by teachers and students at the school. The BBDCD centre trains students and hosts workshops on topics including renewable energy,… Read moreBethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

EPD published MEMO on Community Development through RE IPPPP

Challenges and opportunities to maximise the sustainable development potential for local communities in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme Purpose This memo informs about challenges and opportunities related to the economic development elements of the Department of Energy’s current Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). Context The South African RE IPPPP issued in 2011 aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the national electricity grid and stimulate growth in the renewable energy sector. Applications for… Read moreEPD published MEMO on Community Development through RE IPPPP