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COP22 - South African wind energy farm lights up over 120,000 homes while saving carbon emissions: AfDB/CIF-funded
In recent years, the South African electricity sector, once operationally efficient, ran into major capacity constraints. As a result, power rationing and other measures instituted to prevent the electricity system from collapsing affected the entire economy, especially the country's mining industry, leading to shutdowns of some of the largest mining operations, putting thousands of jobs at risk. In addition, climate change is affecting South African life, especially the poor population, and the country is a major emitter of greenhouse gases, generating its electricity largely from coal. As the world’s eighth largest emitter per capita of greenhouse gases (GHGs), the emission rate is at almost ten tonnes of carbon dioxide per person per year – 43% more than the global average.