The national electricity grid has received another shot in the arm and it’s all thanks to the big switch-on at the Tsitsikamma Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape.

The energy project also has an empowerment component, with a profit sharing scheme for the community.

The process, which started in 2009, now allows the delivery of 95 Megawatts.

Cennergi Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Garner, says the success of the project is the result of the partnership between the developers, investors and the community.

Garner says research has shown that alternative energy is the cheapest method of making electricity.

“I think a lot of politics played around the scenes and I think that Eskom is in a strike to protect its own turf. The reality is in South Africa with the gridding process, wind and solar tariffs have come down significantly. It’s lower than the cost of electricity.”

Stakeholders are also confident in the long term future for renewable energy in South Africa.

The Independent Power Producers Programme has attracted investments of R200-billion in the renewable energy sector over the past five years.