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Analysis: Outlook improves for South Africa

Author: Michael McGovern

Prospects for South Africa’s wind sector are looking brighter. On 16 April, the Department of Energy (DoE) issued a statement promising to “expand procurement of renewable energy”, including an initial commitment to more than 9.2GW in the short and medium term. 

There was, however, no indication of how much of this will be wind. Still, “it’s all a tremendous injection of optimism”, said Johan van de Berg, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), whose members had begun to suspect that government commitment was flagging. 

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