Over the past few days, Team Vestas Wind has been competing in the pro-am and in-port races in Cape Town before setting sail for Abu Dhabi on Wednesday 19th November.
These races are designed to give our visitors and stakeholders a unique experience at sea, and our team has welcomed approximately 50 Vestas guests to events at our pavilion and throughout the Race Village.
Maybe you’re wondering why South Africa is important to Vestas and wind energy, so here’s a bit of background on the local energy market:
As of today, South Africa is dominated by coal with about 70% of power generation. Rising energy demand and end-of-life nearing power plants was the cornerstone for South Africa to introduce the Integrated Resource Plan to build out energy sources until 2030. The plan aims to have 10,000 GWh of renewable energy output by 2030, comprising a total of 13 GW of wind sources.
The South African government has set a clear commitment to increase the share of renewable energy, transitioning the country from a new market for renewable sources, to a stable market environment. Under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme, four tenders have been held, with the most recent fourth bidding round just held in August 2014. With a stable political framework, the conditions in the South African market are expected to remain good and giving long-term confidence.
Vestas has won orders for seven projects in South Africa, with total of 435 MW – about 33% of the approved wind projects in South Africa – making us clear market leaders. More than 191 Vestas wind turbines will produce enough green energy to cover the residential electricity consumption of 440,000 South African households, whilst at the same time minimising CO2 emissions.
Commissioned by Vestas in 2013 and supported by a 15-year AOM 5000 (maintenance) contract, the 67 MW Hopefield Wind Power Plant in the Western Cape is the closest to Cape Town and South Africa’s first large-scale wind farm.
Vestas opened an office in Johannesburg in 2010 and employs around 50 people (incl. externals) in South Africa. Beside the supply of clean energy, our projects provide significant employment and skills development to the local community.
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