Melanie Gosling | Environment Writer
HEATHER Sonn, chair of the SA Wind Energy Association’s (Sawea) board, is upbeat about renewable energy – and not just because costs have come down to make it competitive with coal.
What makes this form of electricity generation different are the spin-offs for socio-economic development.
“And I am also struck by the alignment of renewable energy with several international policies, such as alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals,” Sonn said.
As the renewables industry rides the waves of SAIREC’s recent success in Cape Town, those focussing specifically on the wind industry have even more reason to attend Windaba given Government’s most recent statement that the future of Africa is in ‘the hands of energy’.
The Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen has recently confirmed his attendance and he will join Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson in introducing the conference during the opening session.
Windaba’s conference programme is packed full of pertinent industry topics and will provide a thought provoking forum for sharing views and discussing the issues which affect our flourishing market. It’s a must for delegates wanting to ensure they are at the cutting edge of the industry’s most recent news and growth.
Windaba is hosted by South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) in proud partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The conference will take place from 4-5 November 2015 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Powering the Winds of Change’ which aims to reflect the industry’s conviction that wind energy can fill South Africa’s current energy gap with low cost, clean electricity which can be brought on grid within a relatively short time frame.
The flagship conference attracts wind industry professionals from all over the world, with more than 500 delegates attending in 2014.
To book your participation contact Yolanda Adams: Yolanda@windaba.co.za