All at sea: why SA sticks with onshore wind farms

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All at sea: why SA sticks with onshore wind farms

Construction begins on world's biggest offshore wind farm near England, prompting Saffers to ask questions

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We might all be fumbling about in the dark as rolling blackouts continue to the dog the country, but since the State of the Nation address last week, many are pinning hopes on renewable energy to rekindle the light at the end of the tunnel.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new phase of both wind and solar plants feeding into the grid through purchase agreements, and this has garnered interest from ordinary South Africans about the nuts and bolts of these types of energy generation and storage.

One question, regarding wind power, is that of offshore versus onshore. Why does Europe build so many of its wind farms out at sea, while SA is opting for land-based wind farms?..

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