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Cape Town - South Africa’s new wind power industry is booming, courtesy of government support through its renewable energy procurement programme.

And while communities living alongside wind farms stand to benefit hugely, getting the right mechanisms in place to ensure that mandatory benefits accrue to affected communities is the “Holy Grail” of the burgeoning industry.

This was the word from the SA Wind Energy Association (Sawea), to coincide with Global Energy Day that was celebrated on Sunday.

Global Wind Day, inaugurated in 2007 under the name Wind Day, is organised by the European Wind Energy Association and the Global Wind Energy Council and aims to coordinate events and information-sharing by national wind energy associations and companies.