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UNDP-GEF Midterm Review: South Africa Wind Energy project (SAWEP) Phase 2
Commissioning Unit: South Africa
Evaluation Plan: 2013-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 12/2019
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: South Africa
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Extend the project by an additional 12 months to19 December 2020.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/18] [Last Updated: 2019/12/18]

Official letter of request (and support documents) from IP to be received and considered

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Receive request letter from IP as well as the proposed work-plan of the extension period
[Added: 2019/12/18] [Last Updated: 2020/12/30]
Project Manager 2020/12 Completed The request letter and the proposed work-plan were received from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on 26 November 2020. History
CO to check budget (esp. PCU budget) and sensitivity to project cost over-run potential.
[Added: 2019/12/18] [Last Updated: 2020/12/30]
Country Office 2020/12 Completed The budget was verified by the financial associate and the programme head to ensure that the budget is within the 5 per cent threshold. History
CO to engage HQ via PIMS+ internal system, and receive clearance from RR
[Added: 2019/12/18] [Last Updated: 2021/03/12]
CO , HQ 2021/03 Completed Necessary actions were taken and a letter signed by RR was sent to the Department of Energy (DoE) dated 11 February 2020. This was following approval from GEF. History
Communicate response to extension request, under the remit of recently issued extension policy and POPP
[Added: 2019/12/18] [Last Updated: 2021/01/05]
Project Manager, CO, HQ 2020/12 Completed The guidance was received from the Regional Service Centre that UNDP cannot approve a second extension for another 12 months, maximum allowable in this case because of COVID-19, the extension can only be 6 months (unless a new policy comes into place). Therefore, the IP has been requested to start preparing documentation for the 6-month extension request. History
2. Recommendation:

The Project Results Framework should be updated.  

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/19]

Fully agreed. The task can be readily undertaken by Project Manager, and agreement to do so has already been achieved.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Refine targets and indicators within the remit of the Prodoc for endorsement of the PSC
[Added: 2019/12/19] [Last Updated: 2020/12/22]
IP 2020/01 Completed The Results Framework should be updated to reflect recommendations outlined in MTR report. The Project Board should be part of the updating process. The feasibility of an additional project extension (6 months, from 01 January 2021 – 30 June 2021) is to be explored, which the IP should initiate. History
3. Recommendation:

Compile a post-project sustainability action plan.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/12/19]

Fully Agreed (depends on whether or not the extension is granted, and the terms thereof)

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Action Plan will be prepared with a focus on (a) Post-WASA continuation on wind measurements, ownership of wind masts, and continued use for climate forecasting; (b) Capacity building needs (e.g. SARETEC or expansion of wind courses to other educational institutions), depending on future demand for skilled workforce; (c) Analysis of market development of large grid-connected wind power in view of the new IRP 2019 and REIPPPP resumption; and (d) Market assessments Incl. institutional arrangements needed) and financial-economic analysis of small-scale wind energy, including power generation in the 100 kW- 2 MW range, and wind-powered water pumping.
[Added: 2019/12/19] [Last Updated: 2021/03/15]
PMU, PSC, UNDP 2021/03 Completed The sustainability action plan of this project is based on technical aspects, to be done by the WASA institutional consortium in South Africa (i.e. UCT, CSIR, and SAWS). The sustainability action plan captured under WASA Life Extension in the attached draft meeting minutes of the 10th SAWEP 2 PSC meeting on December 2020 (p.7) relates to: 1) Assessment of WASA contribution i.e. to compile the business case and value-add of WASA; 2) Long term correction of wind observations i.e. improving data quality in order to get accurate forecasts; 3 ) Wind farm location correction i.e. to continue to strengthen effective wind farming performance; and 4) Climate change effects on wind energy systems; VRE Forecasting for wind energy systems and Long-term estimation of extreme winds. i.e. to monitor WE systems, including climate change effects and extreme winds. History

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