Delay in SA’s renewable energy programme creates uncertainty

The government has warned that the extended deadline of November 24 for the financial close of the third-bid-window projects in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may be missed.

“It’s going to be tight. There’s a slim chance which will determine whether the announcement will be made on November 24, but it is slim,” Department of Energy acting director-general Dr  Wolsey Barnard told the annual WINDaba, in Cape Town.

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Wind farms will generate over R 7 billion of revenue for local economic development over next 20 years

Delegates on day one of the South African Wind Energy Association heard that wind energy is now set to make a contribution of more than ZAR 7 Billion to communities and socio-economic development over the next 20 years in South Africa. With five wind farms in full operation, 22 large-scale wind farms currently under construction and another 700 MW expected to be awarded imminently, the total capacity amounts to 2684MW set to be installed. Each of these developments has committed significant financial investment to nearby communities.

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Power2the People: workshop to focus on socio-economic development alongside wind conference

A one-day workshop running alongside wind energy conference Windaba will provide a forum for idea sharing and best practice development to ensure the ZAR5 Billion to be generated for communities from wind farms is invested collaboratively and effectively.

The title of the event, which will be held on November 4 in Cape Town is ‘Power2the People’:  also the theme of this year’s conference. It is being co-ordinated by the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEAs) ‘Wind for Communities’ working group. Leading the proceedings will be Peter Willis, regular facilitator of the Eskom NGO forum and the South African Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change.  One highlight of the programme is a presentation from Kugan Thaver, Head of Strategic High Impact Projects, SIP Project office at Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) who will share the government agency view on how the wind industry is doing so far.

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Windaba 2014 Press Release 22 Oct 2014

High-powered panel to discuss critical issues in SA electricity sector at Windaba

The electricity sector in South Africa has been the subject of intense debate in recent weeks, with the Eskom new-build projected to start delivering much needed power in 2015. Questions around where the country will find the electricity to support the ambitions in the National Development Plan until 2020 persist. A high-powered panel has been assembled to shed light on this and other related questions on November 4 2014 at the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) upcoming Windaba Conference in Cape Town.

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Maximising a full range of renewable technologies can tackle energy crisis

As Eskom continues to declare regular ‘emergencies’ and black outs persist, renewable energy has the potential to rescue the situation over the next five years – we just need to mix small and large scale technologies, says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

Our current electricity supply cannot provide the power we need to grow the economy to its full potential.

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Energy Minister and Head of Treasury’s PPP unit both confirmed to attend Windaba

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Energy Minister and Windaba patron and Karen Breytenbach, leader of the government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit and figurehead of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have both confirmed their attendance as speakers at Windaba 2014.

Minister Joemat-Pettersson will participate in a the formal opening of the conference with an address and opening remarks to delegates, as well as taking part in the VIP opening of the exhibition hall.


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