South Africa Wind Energy Programme (SAWEP), Phase I

Project Summary

The project will identify and address the barriers to large-scale commercial utilisation of wind power and help to establish an IPP-friendly environment. The South African power system relies heavily on coal (+90%) resulting in high carbon emissions. Wind energy is projected as a possible substitute but has so far not been developed in a major way, reasons being several market entry barriers, including the sector policy, (assumed) technology risks and uncovered incremental cost of wind power.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
South Africa
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Department of Minerals and Energy (DME)
GEF Period:
GEF - 3
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
295,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
2,000,000 USD
Co-financing Total
8,565,187 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
Total Cost 10,860,187.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
29 Jun 2001
Preparation Grant Approved
01 Aug 2001
Concept Approved
01 Nov 2004
Project Approved for Implementation
30 May 2007
Project closed
01 Dec 2011