South Africa has been identified as having exceptional wind resources, according to the latest developed Wind Atlas, which highlights that “traditional climatology and global models underestimated resources potential in the country by as much as 5%”.
The Department of Energy’s (DoE) quarterly wind power publication acknowledges the achievements of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which has connected 1,991GWh of wind power to the national grid since its inception in 2011, but expects wind energy to contribute 10% to the national energy production by 2030.
According to the report, South Africa’s portfolio includes some of the largest wind power project in the world. “The average project size for the 34 wind IPPs is 98,74MW.”
The cost of wind energy has been on the decline since Bid Window 1, where the tariff per kWh opened at R1,42/kWh, having dropped by almost 50% with the cost now at R0,71/kWh. The report added that the country’s total wind capacity “will deliver an annual projected energy output of 11,796GWh”. This is enough to electrify 3,6-million homes annually.
Source: ESI Africa