Fraud allegations fly in wind farm feud

Allegations of fraud have emerged between various roleplayers after a bitter fallout between two directors of a company involved in the R3-billion Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm landed them in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

Mark Scheepers, former chief executive of Watt Energy, is fighting to prevent the company being liquidated – despite one of the country’s largest renewable energy firms applying for its provisional liquidation.

Watt Energy was founded in 2008 by Scheepers and former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor and businessman Mcebisi Msizi, who died in 2012.

Watt Energy and independent power producer Cennergi are part of a consortium responsible for developing the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm.

The 31-turbine wind farm, when completed, will produce an estimated 95MW.

The first application for provisional liquidation was filed by majority shareholder, director and Msizi’s widow, Nomthandazo Msizi, while the second was filed by Cennergi.

-Lee-Anne Butler

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