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  • Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility

    SCOPING REPORT

    DEDEAT REF: EC/7/A/LN2/M/15-29

    Prepared for:

    Black Lite Solar (Pty) Ltd

    17 Baker Street Rosebank

    Johannesburg 2196

    Telephone: +27 11 447 7651 Fax: +27 86 5838905

    Prepared by:

    EOH Coastal & Environmental Services

    EAST LONDON 25 Tecoma Street

    East London, 5201 043 742 3302

    Also in Grahamstown, Cape Town, Johannesbug, Port Elizabeth and Maputo www.cesnet.co.za | www.eoh.co.za

    January 2016

    http://www.cesnet.co.za/

  • Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility January 2016

    EOH Coastal & Environmental Services Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility

    This Report should be cited as follows: EOH Coastal & Environmental Services, Date: January 2016 Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility Scoping Report, EOH-CES, East London.

    REVISIONS TRACKING TABLE

    EOH Coastal and Environmental Services

    Report Title: Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility Scoping Report Report Version: Draft Project Number: 163

    Name Responsibility Signature Date

    Alan Carter Reviewing report

    Cherie-Lynn Mack Drafting report

    Copyright This document contains intellectual property and propriety information that are protected by copyright in favour of EOH Coastal & Environmental Services (CES) and the specialist consultants. The document may

    therefore not be reproduced, used or distributed to any third party without the prior written consent of CES. The document is prepared exclusively for submission to the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality in the

    Republic of South Africa, and is subject to all confidentiality, copyright and trade secrets, rules intellectual property law and practices of South Africa.

  • Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility January 2016

    EOH Coastal & Environmental Services Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility

  • Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility January 2016

    EOH Coastal & Environmental Services Blacklite Solar PV Manufacturing

    TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................... 1

    Background to the Study ................................................................................................. 1 1.1 Environmental Authorisation in South Africa .................................................................... 1 1.21.2.1 Listed activities triggered ............................................................................................. 2 Scoping Phase ................................................................................................................ 3 1.3 Nature and Structure of this Report ................................................................................. 4 1.4 Assumptions and Limitations ........................................................................................... 4 1.5 Details and Expertise of the Environmental Assessment Practitioner .............................. 4 1.6

    2 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION AND ACTIVITY LOCATION ...................................................... 6 Property Locality .............................................................................................................. 6 2.1

    3 PROJECT DESCRIPTION ...................................................................................................... 9 Introduction ...................................................................................................................... 9 3.1 The Product ..................................................................................................................... 9 3.2 The thin-film production process .................................................................................... 10 3.3 Basic Services ............................................................................................................... 11 3.43.4.1 Water and Electricity .................................................................................................. 11 3.4.2 Waste ........................................................................................................................ 11 How the listed activities are triggered by the development ............................................. 12 3.5

    4 RELEVANT LEGISLATION .................................................................................................. 16 Relevant Legislation used in the Compilation of this Scoping Report ............................. 16 4.1

    5 PROJECT NEED & DESIRABILITY ..................................................................................... 17 Support of Renewable Energy ....................................................................................... 17 5.1 Job creation and social impact....................................................................................... 17 5.2 Maximising local content ................................................................................................ 17 5.3 Alignment with SA Government policy ........................................................................... 17 5.4 Staffing and skills transfer .............................................................................................. 18 5.5

    6 PROJECT ALTERNATIVES ................................................................................................. 19 Reasonable and Feasible Alternatives ........................................................................... 19 6.1 Fundamental Alternatives .............................................................................................. 19 6.2 Incremental Alternatives ................................................................................................ 19 6.3 No-Go development ...................................................................................................... 19 6.4

    7 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION .................................................................................................... 24 Notification of Interested and Affected Parties ............................................................... 24 7.17.1.1 Public Participation .................................................................................................... 24 7.1.2 Newspaper advertisement ......................................................................................... 24 7.1.3 On-site Notice ............................................................................................................ 24 7.1.4 Stakeholder Notification Letter ................................................................................... 24 7.1.5 Background Information Document that was Circulated to Interested and Affected Parties/Stakeholders ............................................................................................................. 25 7.1.6 Proof of Notification ................................................................................................... 34 7.1.7 Stakeholder and I&AP database ................................................................................ 35 7.1.8 Issues Raised by I&APs............................................................................................. 36

    8 DESCRIPTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT ............................................................................. 13 The Bio-Physical Environment ....................................................................................... 13 8.18.1.1 Current land use ........................................................................................................ 13 8.1.2 Topography ............................................................................................................... 13 8.1.3 Geology ..................................................................................................................... 13 8.1.4 Watercourses and Wetlands ...................................................................................... 13 8.1.5 Air Quality .................................................................................................................. 13 Vegetation and Floristics ............................................................................................... 15 8.28.2.1 South African National Biodiversity Institute ............................................................... 15 8.2.2 Eastern Cape Biodiversity Conservation Plan ............................................................ 15 Socio-Economic Profile.................................................................................................. 15 8.38.3.1 Population ................................................................................................................. 15 8.3.2 Economy ................................................................................................................... 15 8.3.3 Employment ............................................................................................................... 16

  • Black Lite Solar PV Manufacturing Facility January 2016

    EOH Coastal & Environmental Services Blacklite Solar PV Manufacturing

    9 MANNER IN WHICH THE ENVIRONMENT MAY BE AFFECTED ....................................... 18 Possible Environmental Issues and Impacts .................................................................. 18 9.1

    10 PLAN OF STUDY FOR EIA PHASE ..................................................................................... 19 Scope and Intent of the EIA Phase ................................................................................ 19 10.1

    10.1.1 Specialist Studies ........

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