South Africa has grown its wind energy generating capacity by 560MW for 2014 (GWEC). With a physically and financially constrained grid, getting more wind power online remains a challenge for the foreseeable future. But when there is a will, there is a way, according to some experts on the ground.
Wind power is the most competitive way of adding new power generation capacity to the grid, according to Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary general Steve Sawyer. In Brazil, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico and elsewhere, wind is competing directly and successfully with heavily subsidized incumbents, as GWEC states.