Project Summary

Wind & Solar PV Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA):

  • Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) targeted by the SEA: SIP 8 “Green Energy in support of the South African economy”
  • Type of Renewable Energy Technology considered in the SEA: Onshore Wind Energy and Solar PV Energy
  • Project Initiation: June 2016
  • Project Completion:  2018
  • Extent: National
  • Proposed specialist studies for the SEA :
    • Agriculture
    • Landscape/Visual Impacts
    • Heritage including Archaeology and Palaeontology
    • Terrestrial and Freshwater Fauna and Fauna
    • Birds
    • Bats
    • Socio-Economics
  • Proposed additional assessments conducted in the Focus Areas:
    • Civil Aviation
    • Defence
    • Telecommunication
    • Weather Services
    • SKA
    • Mining
    • Noise Impacts
    • Flicker Effects
  • SEA Project Steering Committee:
    • Department of Defence
    • Eskom
    • Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office
    • National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    • National Department of Energy (DoE)
    • National Department of Environmental Affairs (Chair)
    • National Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)
    • National Department of Public Enterprises (DPE)
    • National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
    • National Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
    • National Department of Water Affairs & Sanitation (DWS)
    • Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC)
    • South African Air Force
    • South African National Defence Force (SANDF)
    • South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
    • South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
    • Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAET)
    • Free State Department of Tourism, Environmental and Economic Affairs (DETEA)
    • Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD)
    • KwaZulu Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development (KZNDAE)
    • Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment & Tourism (LEDET)
    • Mpumalanga Department of Economic Development, Environment & Tourism (DEDET)
    • Northern Cape Department of Environment & Nature Conservation (DENC)
    • Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism in the North West Province
    • Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP)
  • SEA Expert Reference Group:
    • Air Traffic Navigational Services (ATNS);
    • Birdlife South Africa (Birdlife SA);
    • Cape Nature;
    • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA);
    • Council for Geoscience (CGS);
    • Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT);
    • Industrial Development Corporation (IDC);
    • National Department of Defence (DoD);
    • National Department of Public Enterprises (DPE);
    • National DoE Independent Power Producer Office (DoE IPP);
    • National Heritage Council South Africa (NHCSA);
    • Sentech;
    • South African Air Force (SAAF);
    • South African Bat Assessment Advisory panel (SABAAP);
    • South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA);
    • South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI);
    • South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL);
    • South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA);
    • South African Weather Services  (SAWS);
    • South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA); and
    • Square Kilometre Array (SKA) South Africa as part of the Department of Science and Technology (DST); and
    • Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA)