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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 25, 2020 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental activists threaten court action over planned wind farm in the Cape West Coast

Environmental activists and property owners along the Cape West Coast are threatening court action over the planned Boulders Wind Farm. Government approved in principle, the 45-turbine wind farm project near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg. It says the generation of 144 MW of electricity will result in significant socio-economic benefits at national, local and community level. However, those opposed to the project are concerned about its impact on the environment, tourism and job creation in the West Coast region. Renowned . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2020 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents oppose approval of Cape wind farm

A project that has been met with resistance from many Western Cape residents has officially been approved by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF). The Boulders wind farm project in the Paternoster area on the West Coast will see some 45 turbines of 160-metres-tall erected, which may be a step towards renewable energy the country and the province could do with. However, many members of the public, as well as environmental activists, are opposed to the project, specifically . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2020 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Huge West Coast wind farm approved

The government has approved in principle the huge Boulders wind farm project on the West Coast peninsula near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) issued an environmental authorisation for the project on 14 January. However, its approval comes with conditions that include changes to the proposed environmental management programme for operating the 140 megawatt project, as well as additional research into some of the likely impacts – notably on birds and bats. . . . Complete story »

July 18, 2019 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying wind turbine tumbles off mountain; driver dies

A truck carrying a wind turbine tumbled off a mountain at Piekenierskloof Pass in Citrusdal on Thursday morning, authorities said. The truck driver had been carrying the abnormal load along with a traffic escort on the N7 when he lost control, said Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa. After being freed from the wreckage, he died on his way to the hospital. (Photos: Supplied) Complete story »

April 16, 2019 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Watson wind farm stopped – for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family’s massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned – at least temporarily. On Monday Acting Environmental Affairs Minister Lindiwe Zulu upheld five appeals against the 187.2MW, 47-turbine Inyanda-Roodeplaat wind farm. She sent the decision back to her department for further consultation and re-evaluation – but this time with the help of independent review specialists. Zulu, who is Minister of Small . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2019 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

South Africa: Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the go-ahead to a wind farm project that the Watson family wants to build in the Eastern Cape, before assessing strong differences of opinion from scientists worried about the threat to bird life. The topic came up at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture when evidence leader Advocate Paul Pretorius SC was questioning Angelo Agrizzi. Agrizzi is the former chief operating officer of the Bosasa group of companies controlled by Gavin . . . Complete story »

January 8, 2019 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Focus on effect of wind farms on wildlife

While wind farms have in general been welcomed, they have also been socially and environmentally controversial, with eco-concerns often linked to SA’s rich biodiversity and vulnerable bird and bat species. With new research revealing a potentially much more damaging effect than was previously understood, the impact of development on wildlife has been highlighted in a report coauthored by a scientist attached to a Nelson Mandela University research unit. The report by Peter Law and Mark Fuller has been published on . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2018 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Storm brews over R2.5bn wind project initiative

A massive R2,5bn wind turbine farm planned for the Haga-Haga, Morgan Bay and Kei Mouth coastal area is expected to create 300 jobs in construction and 50 permanent jobs later. But the bigger impact will be that a large amount of clean energy – 150Mw – will be generated in the area will be good for economic development, according to social impact assessment researcher Kerryn Desai. Some tourism operators in the area have supported the project, but are opposing it . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2018 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Cape vulture flies into trouble again

A tagged vulture was found with a maggot-infested wing in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday – a year after being electrocuted by a transmission line. The Cape Vulture is facing a decline in population numbers and dozens of the birds are killed on transmission lines wind turbines. Kerri Wolter‚ CEO of the conservation organisation‚ VulPro‚ said that about 73 vultures were injured every year and the number was increasing. “About 90% of those injured vultures are from power line collisions. . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2018 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

New threat to vultures

The resurrection of a controversial proposed wind power project in the Lesotho Highlands could wipe out the critically-endangered Bearded vulture and endangered Cape vulture. This is the fear of BirdLife SA, which warns that likely collisions with the blades of around 40 large wind turbines at the planned site near Leteng-La-Terae could push the region’s iconic Bearded vulture population to extinction. Situated to the west of the Maloti Drakensberg Transboundary World Heritage Site, it sits in the heart of vital . . . Complete story »

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