18/02/2013 - 18:18

Wind energy holds the promise of cheap, reliable power and an opportunity to address the poverty that bedevils South Africa’s farming communities.

Poverty and inequality are at the heart of the unrest that recently convulsed the winelands. Political shenanigans may have contributed to it, but there should be agreement across the political spectrum that rural poverty constitutes a national crisis and a grave injustice.

08/02/2013 - 09:20

A new analysis from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has concluded that electricity from unsubsidised renewable energy is already cheaper than electricity from new-build coal and gas-fired power stations in Australia.

The modeling from the BNEF team in Sydney found that new wind farms could supply electricity at a cost of $80/MWh –compared with $143/MWh for new build coal, and $116/MWh for new build gas-fired generation.

30/11/2012 - 22:36

South Africa has the capacity to draw 20% of its energy requirements from renewable sources such as wind and the sun, substantially alleviating the current pressure on the national grid and bringing electricity to a wider audience.

In a nutshell, the renewable energy sector couples with mining as the most vital industries for bringing economic development, financial reward and job creation to rural South Africa.

30/11/2012 - 19:06

Rural communities in the Eastern Cape are to benefit financially from the wind farm projects which are to spring up in the province from next year.

Speaking at the European Union-Eastern Cape Renewable Energy Conference at the East London International Convention Centre yesterday, wind farm developers said rural communities living in a 50km radius of wind farms in the province would receive equity which would be administered in the form of community trusts.