South African renewables manufacturing capacity and industry processes were under scrutiny at a wind conference held in Cape Town.
The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid requirements for local content have risen from 21,7% in round one to a target of 65% in round four and financial close of round 4 is imminent, according to a statement released by Nordex Acciona Windpower.
Speaking on the industry leaders’ panel, managing director of the wind firm and chairperson of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) manufacturers and local content working group, Anne Henschel, said the firm remains committed to increase the number of local jobs that have already been created and uplift communities that have benefited since the REIPPPP began.
“We need the support and partnership of the government. Through the SAWEA working group we believe this can be achieved with open and clear communication, working together to bring about real change in the industry at this time.”
Source: ESI Africa