renewable projects coming here: “we have proved that it elecTRIcITy PRoDUceD WIll Be is possible for wind SolD To eSKoM WITh energy to become a reality in the Former homelands by putting forward fully developed project proposals to oF The BeneFITS the Doe in transkei DIRecTeD To The and Ciskei in both MoTheRWell last year’s and this coMMUnITy year’s (august 2014) ThRoUgh The gRASSRIDge ReIppp bid windows. WInDS oF chAnge we want to change coMMUnITy TRUST the historical misperception that investment in this part of south africa is not possible,” webb continues: “we are one of the very few developers investing time and money working in the eastern end of the eastern Cape province because of the perceived development risks associated with land tenure here, and we are doing so by ensuring traditional communities receive meaningful equity participations in the projects they host on their communal land, as opposed to the merely symbolic project participations seen in newly proposed projects elsewhere in the country. If our bids were selected in this competitive process, they would truly be ‘ﬁrst of a kind’ for this government procurement programme.”
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Community-Owned Land Heralds Advantages private property laws are different here to the rest of sa, which can dissuade most investors as land is community-owned. Innowind, however, decided it was going to try and figure out how to accomplish this and webb says that with the help of the Department of Rural Development & land Reform (DRDlR) they have been able to make waves in the Former homelands: “there was no roadmap to guide us through this process, it took us years. But without investors like us, these areas of the eastern Cape would remain empty of investment,” he adds: “we want to demonstrate in no uncertain terms to the government that a renewable energy project can in fact be developed here, and that the roadmap we’ve developed will
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