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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.

August 3, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Leaders fight for wind farms

Johannesburg – Former homeland areas in the Eastern Cape’s Transkei and Ciskei regions are gearing up, through the House of Traditional Leaders, to take on private farming enterprises for a share in the lucrative renewable energy market. The House of Traditional Leaders in the Eastern Cape has argued that the lack of investment in the former homelands is attributed to government’s failure to effect a coherent land reform tenure policy that is in line with the national strategy, which will . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Loss of grassland hits the Blue Crane

This species is being seriously threatened by high mortalities from collisions with power lines and electrocutions on pylons. As a result, its conservation status is “vulnerable” and there are only about 25 000 of these beautiful birds left in South Africa. According to the Overberg Crane Group, a partnership between the Overberg community and CapeNature, past populations were estimated at about 100 000 individual birds. Now, new wind farms will only increase the threat – particularly in the Western Cape, conservationists warn. Complete story »

February 5, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Vultures threatened by Lesotho’s first wind farm

A controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg region has received the green light from the Lesotho government. But BirdLife South Africa and its conservation partners have requested that the government of this mountainous independent kingdom rethink its decision, because the wind farm “compromises the survival of vultures in the region and the reputation of the fledging wind energy industry in southern Africa.” The 42-turbine wind energy project is a project of PowerNET Developments (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture between . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2014 • Press releases, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm in Lesotho gets the go-ahead

The controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg received the go-ahead from the Lesotho Government in October 2013. Conservationists are concerned that this decision does not bode well for the future of vultures in the region or for the reputation of the fledging wind energy industry in southern Africa. “Approval of the Letseng project is a source of great concern to BirdLife”, said Ken Mwathe, BirdLife International’s Africa Policy Programme Coordinator. “African governments must tread carefully on renewable energy projects . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2014 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Endangered vultures face added threat

Durban – Two endangered African vulture species face danger from dozens of new wind turbines in Lesotho, the world bird conservation network Birdlife International warned on Wednesday. Reacting to the approval of a wind farm near the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg world heritage site in KwaZulu-Natal, Birdlife said the 42 turbines were likely to have “severe impacts” on vulture conservation. The Letseng wind farm is in one of the main breeding and roosting grounds of the Bearded Vulture and Cape Vulture. There are . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines may affect eagles

What do cold fronts and black eagles have in common? In the Grootwinterhoek mountains the eagles use the cold fronts as prime weather for hunting, capitalising on the low cloud and poor visibility that sweeps in. Raptor expert Adri Barkhuysen, of East Cape Diverse Consultants, describes this in a report which he has just submitted as part of the initial assessment of the planned Inyanda-Roodeplaat Wind Farm. Initiated by Johannesburg- based Inyanda Energy Projects, the planned farm is sited 30km . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2013 • Letters, South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Big’ wind disastrous

Anton Eberhard seems to want us to move from “big” coal and nuclear stations to “gigantic” wind and solar ones. (Urgent reforms are needed for responsive power sector, November 25). The result would be a disastrous rise in electricity prices and a disastrous fall in electricity reliability, as can be seen all around the world. To produce the same amount of electricity as Koeberg nuclear power station would require more than 2,800 gigantic wind turbines, each more than 100m high . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy ‘green’ label undeserved – Expert

The wind energy industry in South Africa does not have does not have a long enough track record to have earned the green label, says a local bat expert. “If it’s going to be killing bats and birds by their thousands, and we consider the services that these animals provide for the environment, then we really have to question how green is wind energy,” said UCT bat researcher, Dr David Jacobs. “The important thing is that we are operating with . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Insurance for wind farmers

Blades falling off trucks, a lack of wind, veld fires and labour disputes. These are just some risks associated with wind farm projects that can be insured against. It was announced last week that two more wind farms in the province, with a combined generation capacity of 199MW, have been successful as the preferred bidders in the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement programme (REIPPP). One of the wind farms will be constructed at Gibson Bay . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2013 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Havoc with loss of wind turbine blade

The Mentorskraal off-ramp heading into Jeffreys Bay was closed for several hours yesterday after a truck transporting the blade of a wind turbine, lost its load. Project manager for the Jeffreys Bay wind farm Leon Quinn confirmed the incident happened at about 7am yesterday. The road was reopened shortly before 2pm. The wind farm, which is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, is situated between Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp. “The incident involved one of the abnormal . . . Complete story »

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