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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Wind energy conference to focus on community benefit...

... and economic development.As the South African energy sector continues to look for injections of hope, the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEAs) official conference ‘Windaba’ promises to be more popular than ever in its fourth consecutive year.

Already the wind industry is adding significant quantities of desperately needed electricity to the national grid. Now it promises to tackle the issues of rural development, job creation and community development.

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Winds of change blowing for SA energy

A report in today's issue of Legalbrief Environmental notes that SA had much to celebrate on Global Wind Day, 15 June.

SA Wind Energy Association (Sawea) chair Dipolelo Elford said: '... there is no better time to highlight our ongoing efforts towards bettering communities.

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