South Africa Wind Energy Project (SAWEP Phase II)

Lead country

South Africa

Participating countries

South Africa

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From December 18, 2015 to December 31, 2020

Project ID: 5256

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Renewable Energy


  • Type: Off-grid, mini-grids
  • Resource: Wind



Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Innovative approaches


  • Monitor inventory
  • Capacity building
  • Management operation


  • Impact assessment
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Data quality
  • Technical capacity building
  • Community capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration

About this project


SAWEP Phase II will continue to build on the innovation and market-based approach that was pioneered by SAWEP Phase I. It is illustrative of and modeled on the approach presented in the new UNDP and GEF publication Transforming On-Grid Renewable Energy Markets (2012) in that it proposes a combination of policy de-risking instruments to lower transactions costs and improve strategic planning of grid-fed wind energy.


To assist the Government and industry stakeholders overcome strategic barriers to the successful attainment of South Africa"s Integrated Resource Plan target of 3,320 MW of wind power generation online by 2018/19.

USD $3,654,250

Grant amount

USD $35,667,936

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($3,654,250)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Department of Energy

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