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
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
Brazilians love their flag, which successfully works as a label for products made in Brazil. Rubber sandals, beach towels, coffee cups, sports gear, caipirinha shots… Almost everything sells better with a Brazilian tag on it. Does this include wind turbines? Localization in the renewable energy industries is a hot topic in Brazil at the moment. The Brazilian government requests 60% of local content in the wind turbine installations to incentivize local manufacturing. Since 2009, these requirements apply for those companies… Read moreMade in Brazil?
Louise recently contributed an article to the World Wind Energy Associations’s Quarterly Bulletin on South Africa’s community development requirements in the renewable procurement programme, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). Read the full article in the publication here or download it as a pdf.