WINDABA: SA's content conundrum

The South African government's expectations for a local wind-energy supply chain are on a collision course with current market realities, according to industry figures.

South Africa's current renewables strategy, launched to cheers in late 2011, envisages about 500MW of wind being added annually over the next few years – a breakthrough for the often-frustrating Africa wind market.

Yet experts say that will likely not be enough to lure some key segments of the supply chain to the country, and particularly turbine manufacturers, potentially souring the government's appetite for wind energy.

“There is no example of a healthy manufacturing industry in a country with a market smaller than 1,000MW a year,” says Tom Pedersen, Siemens Wind’s director for Log in to read complete article.

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