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The drive for more electricity generation, especially renewable energy, will likely incur a significant increase in wind energy projects across South Africa. In turn, this could drive the local demand for wind turbine components and the related services needed for the development and operation of wind plants.
While wind energy does not have a small-scale embedded generation market like solar PV, the potential for rapid off-take relates to large private projects or the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. The Integrated Resource Plan provides that by 2030 the electricity generation mix is to comprise 21% of wind energy. However, a more ambitious IRP would increase the demand for wind energy.
Opening with a few Q&As, this factsheet is centred around a two-page process-flow infographic which is detailed but easy to follow. It shows the main minerals, materials, metals and components in the wind energy manufacturing value chain. For the benefit of policymakers and contenders in the renewable energy space, various insights and opportunities are highlighted along the wind energy value chain diagram.
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Opportunities in South Africa's wind energy value chain