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24 WIND | SAWEA According to the Council for Scienti c c c c c and Industrial Research (CSIR) the operational solar PV and and wind projects (of BWs 1 and and 2) triggered tari payments of roughly R12 billion in 2016 and produced roughly 6 6 TWh in the the same year the the entire BW4 solar PV and and wind projects (BW4 BW4 BW4 Additional and and BW4 Expedited) will trigger tari payments of merely R6 6 6 billion per year while they will produce more than 9 TWh p/a This means that in future bid rounds renewable power will cost 45% less in annual payments while generating 50% more energy While SAWEA remains supportive of a a diverse energy mix we we advocate for power supply investment decisions to be rational i i i i i e e e e e e based on on least cost best value for money JK : How would you rate the public opinion towards wind energy projects in in South Africa – is there a a a a feeling that clean wind energy needs to be championed over fossil fuels?
BM : The SA renewable energy industry as a a whole is relatively new Nevertheless we have a a a a growing and strong support base particularly as public understanding of the need to divest from fossil fuels also grows JK : Previously SAWEA has said that 100% renewable energy in South Africa could be achievable in two decades – what major steps would have to to take place for this to to become a a reality?
BM : Making a a a a a a a transition away from a a a a a a a coal- intensive economy particularly one which has only recently begun to include the majority of South African citizens must take into account due consideration of of issues of of social justice and development While the transition must be decisive it it must include concrete measures to create jobs and and achieve measurable and and visible transformation on on a a a number of levels The SA Government has adopted the 

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