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Wind Power News: South Africa

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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


December 17, 2017 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms can be deadly

Johannesburg – The monumental wind turbines sprouting up across South Africa’s landscape are cutting down rare and endangered bird species that have to run the gauntlet of kilometres of airspace filled with deadly, moving blades. Large swaths of country covered in turbines, such as in the Jeffreys Bay area in the Eastern Cape, are a result of rapid wind energy development since 2011 as part of government’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme. So far, this has resulted in . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2017 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

South Africa: Eskom explains wind turbine video

Eskom has clarified misconceptions created by a video clip on social media depicting the decommissioning of one of three wind turbines at the Klipheuwel demonstration plant near Cape Town. The power utility on Wednesday set the record straight on the alleged ‘broken and falling’ turbine depicted on social media. “This is an acceptable method that can be employed for the disposal of a wind turbine structure that has reached the end of its economic life-cycle. The turbine in question was . . . Complete story »


September 1, 2017 • Opinions, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed windfarm threat to conservancy

InnoWind (Pty) Ltd., the owners of Grahamstown’s wind farm have recently proposed an extension to the existing wind energy project with nine new turbines on the opposite side of Howison’s Poort to the existing installation. This came to light in a presentation recently made to the Makana Council by InnoWind’s Project Developer Daluvuyo Ntsebeza. The proposal plans six turbines along the mountain ridge to the south of Featherstone Kloof, on the Southern Commonage, and three more on Glenthorpe Farm. Key . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2017 • Letters, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Untrue renewable points

Every point made by Dirk de Vos and Nicole Loser for renewable energy and against “base load power” is not only wrong but the inverse of the truth (Need for base load power is a pro-Eskom fabrication, February 24). Eskom’s “opposition to renewables” is because of the simple fact that the renewable electricity it is forced to buy is ruinously expensive and horribly unreliable. Eskom’s half-year report, ending September 30 2016, shows it is compelled to buy bad wind and . . . Complete story »


July 24, 2016 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable power ‘just raises Eskom’s costs’

Public opinion may back an increasing proportion of renewable energy being plugged into South Africa’s power grid, but Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says further independent renewable power production will be impractical and what he really needs is nuclear energy. Molefe on Friday was defending a decision by Eskom this week to stop signing new agreements with independent power producers. According to Molefe, the push for renewables from the industry was based on the integrated resource plan of 2011 which was . . . Complete story »


July 10, 2015 • Opinions, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Town professor’s research picks holes in claims about wind energy

Professor Philip Lloyd works at the Energy Institute at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He recently sent me a copy of a paper he had written, entitled ‘An Assessment of the Impact of Wind Energy on Energy Supply’. The paper addresses a number of concerns that power system engineers have with wind energy. Putting aside the visual and noise impact of wind turbines (and bird and bat strike), there is the matter that wind energy is often referred to . . . Complete story »


June 10, 2015 • Opinions, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Green or not, problems with wind turbines continue

It is regarded as heresy, only to be whispered furtively in dark corners, to say there are significant problems with wind generators. When they are raised, they tend to be brushed aside by governments that enjoy spending taxpayers’ money on subsidising their construction, and, naturally by those who benefit from their sale and construction. So fixed has the idea of alternate “clean” energy become that half-page ads are placed in newspapers to brag about it. Those who believe wind generators . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2015 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Poison and power lines hit vultures

Cape Town – When scientists attached tracking devices to 21 endangered bearded vultures in the Drakensberg, they did not expect that almost half the birds would be killed by poison and power lines during their study. Of the 10 dead birds, one was killed by an electric power line and the other nine by eating carcasses laced with poison. Sonja Krüger, lead author of the study, which was published in the ornithological journal Condor this month, said the poisons were . . . Complete story »


December 9, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Last bearded vultures seek survival in Dragon Mountain home

The last bearded vultures in South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains are imperiled by unintended poisoning by farmers and traditional healers who believe that consuming parts of the birds brings luck and prosperity. Add to those threats plans for a 42-turbine wind farm on the Lesotho side of the range whose name in Afrikaans means Dragon Mountains. Scientists say the energy project endangers a shrinking habitat for the 350 surviving vultures. Conservationists have strapped solar-powered trackers to some of the birds, enabling . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Grid problems cause South African delay

The South African government has confirmed that a lack of grid capacity and state utility Eskom’s inability to fund the necessary upgrades has been the primary reason behind the postponement of financial close on 878MW of projects. The seven projects, which were selected under round three of South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producers programme (REIPPP), were supposed to reach financial close on 30 July. However, Eskom is concerned that it does not have sufficient funds to complete the required . . . Complete story »


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