Town of Mamre's wind farm to generate clean energy and profits for the community

The country's energy crisis continues to deepen, and from what we heard during the State of the Nation Address (Sona), there is still a long way to go before Eskom is running efficiently and is complemented by green energy.

But it is not all doom and gloom when it comes to our energy concerns. Earlier this month the people of Mamre signed a lease agreement with a wind energy developer which opens the doors for the construction of a wind farm on communally-owned land.

The deal was struck between the Mamre Communal Property Owners Association (MCPA) and Paul McNaughton of Western Wind Energy.

Mamre is a small town in the Western Cape situated close to the town of Atlantis.

The agreement gives the company the right to bid on behalf of the community when the Department of Energy reopens bids in terms of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Procurement Programme.

Mamre Communal Property Owners Association(MCPA) chair Wilfred Solomons-Johannes talks to Kieno Kammies about a deal the town has entered into to set up a wind farm which could sell energy to Eskom or feed it directly into the City of Cape Town's grid.

We are at a stage now where we can sign.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Chairperson - Mamre Communal Property Owners Association

Mamre community is in a very strategic position, near Koeberg and next to the national grid.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Chairperson - Mamre Communal Property Owners Association

The community will enter into a lease agreement and a company will be established in which the community will have a stake.

Money received from this will be invested in the community.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Chairperson - Mamre Communal Property Owners Association

Profits and lease fees will return to the community.

According to the feasibility study we have done it is estimated at around R200 million.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Chairperson - Mamre Communal Property Owners Association

Take a listen to the interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Town of Mamre's wind farm to generate clean energy and profits for the community


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