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The South African Wind Energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/wind-energy> Association (SAWEA) will appeal for a “smooth rolling procurement” of new wind-energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/energy> capacity in its response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) so as to close a three-year procurement gap in the current document.
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Speaking during a webcast hosted by the Global Wind Energy <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/wind-energy>Council (GWEC), SAWEA CEO *Brenda Martin <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/brenda-martin>* said the industry had decided to refrain from calling for an increase in wind’s overall allocation between 2018 and 2030.
Instead, it is focusing on ways to address the period, from 2022 to 2024, where the draft IRP 2018 has no allocation for new wind capacity. Likewise the plan contains a two-year allocation gap, for 2023 and 2024, for new solar <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/solar> photovoltaic capacity. ADVERTISEMENT <www.engineeringnews.co.za/adcentre/rv/en/www/delivery/ck.php?oaparams=2__bannerid=2350__zoneid=647__OXLCA=1__cb=5c2f050596__oadest=https%3A%2F%2Fpips.seifsa.co.za>
A multiyear pause in procurement, Martin warns, will be extremely disruptive for investors and will also undermine efforts aimed at encouraging the development of domestic industrial <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/industrial> and services <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/services> capacity around the building <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/building> of wind farms. As evidence she points to the deindustrialisation associated with Eskom <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/eskom>’s refusal, from 2016 to earlier this year, to sign power <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/power> purchase agreements for 27 wind and solar <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/solar> projects <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/projects> procured in 2015.
The draft IRP 2018 anticipates wind additions scaling up to the 1 600 MW yearly cap placed on the technology <www.engineeringnews.co.za/topic/technology> from 2026 onwards. SAWEA believes a yearly allocation of 900 MW would help smooth deployment and improve prospects not only for localisation, but also for higher participation by South African investors.