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Analysis: Outlook improves for South Africa

Analysis: Outlook improves for South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: Prospects for South Africa's wind sector are looking brighter. On 16 April, the Department of Energy (DoE) issued a statement promising to "expand procurement of renewable energy", including an initial commitment to more than 9.2GW in the short and medium term.

Market Status: Sub-Saharan Africa - South Africa leaves neighbours behind

Market Status: Sub-Saharan Africa - South Africa leaves neighbours behind

While parts of sub-Saharan Africa are providing piecemeal opportunities to international wind developers, South Africa entered a league of its own in 2014 as a fully-fledged wind market.

Market Status: Middle East & North Africa - Some encouraging signs despite unrest

Market Status: Middle East & North Africa - Some encouraging signs despite unrest

Despite widespread political unrest, the region saw 346MW installed in 2014, against 257MW the previous year. While some markets have ground to a halt there are encouraging signs in others, notably in Egypt and Morocco.

Outperformance could spur greater commitment in South Africa

Outperformance could spur greater commitment in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA: South African wind farms are producing over 30% more power than initially estimated in 2010, according to national utility and grid operator Eskom.


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Middle East & North Africa - Political events bring delays but offer hope

NORTHERN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Political and social unrest rocked much of the Middle East and north Africa in 2011, putting projects on hold and raising concerns for future investment. While a few countries did see progress, unrest still haunts much of the region. A lot will now depend on how quickly these countries manage to regain stability and restore confidence.

Sub-Saharan Africa - New players join the world of wind

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: The year ahead should be busy in sub-Saharan Africa after significant progress was made in 2011, most notably with project tenders in South Africa, but also installations in Ethiopia and Cape Verde. Projects also made strides ahead in Nigeria, Mauritania and Kenya. In many other countries barriers such as the lack of a regulatory framework and reliable wind data continue to hamper development.

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