'Wind power perfectly poised to become a big player in South Africa'
Mainstream’s Mercia Grimbeek has been clearing up some misconceptions about wind power in South Africa on CapeTalk radio.
Even as more turbine tower sections were making their way to Perdekraal East – one of the projects being constructed by our Africa joint venture platform, Lekela Power – she put host Kieno Kammies right on the number of wind farms under development in the Western Cape, and their impact on local populations, human and otherwise.
Speaking in her role as chair of the South African Wind Energy Association, Mercia also explained how independent power producers are ready and waiting to create an extra 1,600 MW of clean energy a year – as well as support hundreds of thousands of jobs - between now and 2030.
“We have not just the construction of wind farms," she says. "We have the construction of the wind turbine towers, we have the ports with increased activity, there’s the transportation of blades and nacelles.
"So there’s an extend economic impact which is crucial to the manufacturing sector and the energy sector.”
Listen to the full interview below, and then read the new Women in Wind Q&A with the Global Wind Energy Council, in which Mercia discusses her career journey and some of the challenges she has encountered.
01. Why Don't We Have More Wind Energy?