October 2016

Africa’s first academic wind energy conference boasts impressive international line up

*PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE DUE TO STUDENT PROTESTS

Taking place in Cape Town in its inaugural year, WindAc Africa is the continent’s first academic conference focussing on wind power.
 
Conceived as a sister conference to well established annual wind energy conference Windaba, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association, the event offers academics, researchers and students a unique forum for knowledge sharing within the sector. It will run from 31 October to 1 November.
 
An impressive cast of international speakers has made themselves available for this unprecedented event, which shares the theme of ‘Towards 100% Renewables’ with Windaba which runs immediately afterwards, also in Cape Town.

*PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE DUE TO STUDENT PROTESTS

Taking place in Cape Town in its inaugural year, WindAc Africa is the continent’s first academic conference focussing on wind power.
 
Conceived as a sister conference to well established annual wind energy conference Windaba, hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association, the event offers academics, researchers and students a unique forum for knowledge sharing within the sector. It will run from 31 October to 1 November.
 
An impressive cast of international speakers has made themselves available for this unprecedented event, which shares the theme of ‘Towards 100% Renewables’ with Windaba which runs immediately afterwards, also in Cape Town.Global participants include:
 

  • Matthias Willenbacher, from Germany will participate in the opening session as a keynote speaker, sharing knowledge gleaned from his experience as founder of renewable energy developer JUWI where he was owner and CEO until 2015.
  • Angelina Galiteva from the USA is founder and Chair of the Board for the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and Chairperson for the World Council for Renewable Energy. She will provide a keynote speech in the opening session outlining California’s renewable energy ambitions and some lessons learnt along the way.
  • From France, former science journalist Cedric Philibert who is currently with the International Energy Agency will discuss ‘Next generation wind and solar power – from cost to value’.  He has previously advised the French Minister of Environment from 1988 to 1990. In 1990, he published two books on climate change and renewable energies.
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Kurt Rohrig is Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology (IWES) and Head of the R&D division “Energy Economy and Grid Operation” at IWES. His presentation will focus on ‘Ancillary services from renewables’.
  • Dr. Debbie Lew from the USA is a Technical Director at GE Energy Consulting. Previously, she spent 16 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a Senior Engineer, Group Manager, and Project Leader. Her presentation will look at ‘Integrating wind into coal dominated power systems’.
  • The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Dr. Tobias Bischof-Niemz will provide the keynote speech titles ‘Wind Resource in SA: on par with Solar’.

The Renewable Energy Centre of Research & Development (RECORD) at SANEDI and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) through the South African Energy Programme (SAGEN) have chosen WindAc Africa to launch their publication ‘The State of Wind Energy Research in South Africa’.

“The publication will present an overview of current South African wind energy research, highlighting research themes and priorities as well as possible gaps.  Prominent wind energy researchers will also be profiled. We hope that the publication will contribute to enhanced wind energy research output to the benefit of industry and academia alike” said Dr. Karen Surridge-Talbot from the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANEDI).   

The report was commissioned and funded by  the South African German Energy Programme, implemented by GIZ and will be launched at the ‘Business meets Science’ session at WindAc Africa, sponsored by GreenCape and SANEDI. The Renewable Energy Centre for Research and Development (RECORD) at SANEDI and GIZ will also support some post-graduate students and international speakers at the event to support the development of young scientists in the sector.

“WindAc Africa is an excellent platform to share knowledge and exchange experience between South African and German wind researchers” said Marlett Balmer, from GIZ.  Another positive aspect to the conference is the student sponsorship programme which was so oversubscribed that the organisers increased the number of recipients. There will now be 30 students participating from 11 different universities, encompassing six different fields of studies and with various degrees including bachelor, master, PhD, Honour, Btech and Dtech.

The conference meets the Engineering Council of South Africa requirements to award 2 CPD (Continuing Professional Development Validation) points for attendance at WindAc Africa.

WindAc Africa takes place at The River Club in Cape Town from Monday 31 October to Tuesday 1 November 2016.

Ends

For further information or to interview a member of SAWEA about the event, please contact Jo Reeves at jo@sawea.co.za

Grassridge Wind Farm

The wind farm project committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. The Grassridge Winds of Change Community Trust holds 26% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://www.innowind.com/grassridge/

The Grassridge Wind Farm is a 61.5 MW project comprising of 20 Vestas turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 2 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on mining land close to Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) and has been fully operational since January 2016.

The wind farm project committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. The Grassridge Winds of Change Community Trust holds 26% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://www.innowind.com/grassridge/

Community benefits

The Grassroots Youth Development (GYD) platform (developed by InnoWind) manages the local enterprise and socio-economic development commitments of the Waainek wind farm on behalf of the project company.

Between the 3 wind farms currently managed by InnoWind, GYD supports over 30 community-based organisations and has spent in excess of ZAR 5 million in 2015 – 2016.

Community ownership

The Grassridge Winds of Change Community Trust holds a 26% shareholding in the wind farm company and will benefit from a steady dividend stream throughout the facility’s 20 years+ of operation.

These funds are being directed towards socio-economic initiatives within the communities surrounding the wind farm.

Waainek Wind Farm

The wind farm committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. The Makana Winds of Change Community Trust holds 26% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://www.innowind.com/waainek/

The Waainek Wind Farm is a 23.6 MW project comprising of 8 Vestas turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 2 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland just outside  of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape and has been fully operational since January 2016.

The wind farm committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. The Makana Winds of Change Community Trust holds 26% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://www.innowind.com/waainek/

Community benefits

The Grassroots Youth Development (GYD) platform (developed by InnoWind) manages the local enterprise and socio-economic development commitments of the Waainek wind farm on behalf of the project company.

Between the 3 wind farms currently managed by InnoWind, GYD supports over 30 community-based organisations and has spent in excess of ZAR 5 million in 2015 – 2016.

Community ownership

The Waainek Winds of Change Community Trust holds a 26% shareholding in the wind farm company and will benefit from a steady dividend stream throughout the facility’s 20 years+ of operation.

These funds will be directed towards socio-economic initiatives within the communities surrounding the wind farm.

Chaba Wind Farm

The wind farm committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. The Chaba Winds of Change Community Trust holds 26% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://www.innowind.com/chaba/

The Chaba Wind Farm is a 21.5 MW wind farm comprising of 7 Vestas turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 2 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland close to the town of Komga, on the border of the former Transkei region (Eastern Cape province) and has been fully operational since September 2015.

The wind farm committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. The Chaba Winds of Change Community Trust holds 26% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://www.innowind.com/chaba/

Community benefits

The Grassroots Youth Development (GYD) platform (developed by InnoWind) manages the local enterprise and socio-economic development commitments of the Chaba wind farm on behalf of the project company.

Between the 3 wind farms currently managed by InnoWind, GYD supports over 30 community-based organisations and has spent in excess of ZAR 5 million in 2015 – 2016.

Community ownership

The Chaba Winds of Change Community Trust holds a 26% shareholding in the wind farm project company and will benefit from a steady dividend stream throughout the facility’s 20 years+ of operation.

These funds will be directed towards socio-economic initiatives within the communities surrounding the wind farm.

Umoya Energy Wind Farm

The wind farm’s primary area of community development is Hopefield. The project committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.5% towards enterprise development. A community trust holds 5% of the shares in the project company.

Video: https://vimeo.com/125551738

The Umoya wind farm is a 66.6MW project comprising 37 Vestas V100 turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 1 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland close to the town of Hopefield in the Western Cape and has been fully operational since February 2014.

The wind farm’s primary area of community development is Hopefield. The project committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.5% towards enterprise development. A community trust holds 5% of the shares in the project company.

Video: https://vimeo.com/125551738

Community benefit highlights

  1. Flagship programme: Hopefield Home Improvement Programme installing solar water geysers, insulated ceilings, improved electrical wiring and energy efficient lightbulbs to improve the energy efficiency within homes.
  2. SANParks Alien Vegetation Clearing Project: Upskill local contractors to access the formal economy and create job opportunities for local people.
  3. University bursaries
  4. Operational support for local primary schools
  5. Sponsorship of activities in support of health and social development

Community benefits created to-date

Investment of community funds to date

Socio-Economic Development
17.1 mil
Enterprise Development

R 4.7 mil

Community ownership

The Hopefield Wind Farm Local Community Company holds 5% of the total shares in the wind farm project company. The beneficiaries of the trust’s activities are the residents of the town of Hopefield.

Cookhouse Wind Farm

The wind farm’s primary areas of community development are in Cookhouse, Somerset East, Bedford and Adelaide. The project committed 1% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development. A community trust holds 25% of the shares in the project company.

The Cookhouse wind farm is a 138.6MW project comprising 66 2.1MW Suzlon turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 1 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland close to the town of Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape and has been fully operational since Nov 2014.

The wind farm’s primary areas of community development are in Cookhouse, Somerset East, Bedford and Adelaide. The project committed 1% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development. A community trust holds 25% of the shares in the project company.

Community benefit highlights

  1. Flagship programme: Early childhood development programme including training for practitioners and parents, nutrition and management support.
  2. Computer lab for primary school
  3. Skills development for local employees through wind technician training center
  4. Foster care and feeding scheme and counseling for children in need
  5. Training and operational support for home based care-givers

Community benefits created to-date

Investment of community funds to date

Socio-Economic Development
R 7.2 mil
Enterprise Development

Voluntary criteria and the Cookhouse wind farm focuses on SED

Community ownership

The Cookhouse wind farm trust holds 25% of the total shares in the wind farm project company. The beneficiaries of the trust’s activities are the residents of the of Cookhouse, Somerset East, Bedford and Adelaide. For the next 3 years the Community Trusts focus will primarily be to improve primary and high school education, with the an emphasis on Mathematics, Science, Literacy, Numeracy and Youth Leadership Development.

Noupoort Wind Farm

The wind project committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. A community trust holds 5% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://noupoortwind.co.za/

The Noupoort Wind Farm is a 80 MW project comprising of 35 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 3 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland close to the town of Noupoort in the Northern Cape province and is fully operational since 11 July 2016.

The wind project committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. A community trust holds 5% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://noupoortwind.co.za/

Community benefit highlights

  1. Enoch Mthetho Maths and Science development program
  2. Entrepreneurship development program
  3. Take a girl child to work day
  4. Early Childhood Development
  5. Noupoort Sports Day

What is the community benefit money spend on?

Community development resources invested to date

Socio-Economic Development
R1.7 mil
Enterprise Development

R1.2 mil

Community ownership

The Noupoort Renewable Energy Community Trust owns 5% of the wind farm and came into existence through loans; 50% from the Development Bank of South Africa and 50% from Company’s Shareholders. The community development trust will, in the initial phase, pay back the loan before the benefits starts flowing into the community. The community trust will focus on Education, Health, Agricultural, Sports and cultural, and Social Welfare development.

Loeriesfontein 2 and Khobab Wind Farms

The wind projects committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. A community trust holds 5% of the shares in the project company. Loeriesfontein is the beneficiary community for both projects.

More info on the project website http://loeriesfonteinwind.co.za/ and http://khobabwind.co.za/

The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is a 138.23MW wind farm comprising of 61 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines. The Khobab Wind Farms is a 137.74MW wind farm comprising of 61 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines.  The Department of Energy approved the two projects in Round 3 of the REIPPPP. Both wind farms are situated on farmland 62km from the town of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape province and are expected to be fully operational December 2017.

The wind projects committed 1.5% of their total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. A community trust holds 5% of the shares in each project company. Loeriesfontein is the beneficiary community for both projects.

More info on the project website http://loeriesfonteinwind.co.za/ and http://khobabwind.co.za/

Community benefit highlights

  1. Revamping bedrooms at Loeriesfontein School Hostel
  2. Renewable Energy Awareness Program at Loeriesfontein High School
  3. Donation of Gr 10 Life Sciences Text Books to Loeriesfontein High School
  4. Grade 11 & 12 High School Learners interactive site visit
  5. Scholarship opportunity for 24 community members to become security officers (levels E to C)

What is the community benefit money spend on?

Community development resources invested to date

Socio-Economic Development
R0.18 mil
Enterprise Development

R 0 mil
(These projects are still being built. Once they are operational, the community investments will increase.)

Community ownership

The Loeriesfontein and Khobab Renewable Energy Community Trust, which owns 5% of the wind farms came into existence through loans; 50% from the Development Bank of South Africa and 50% from Company’s Shareholders. The community development trust will, in the initial phase, pay back the loan before the benefits starts flowing into the community. The community trust will focus on Education, Health, Agricultural, Sports and cultural, and Social Welfare development.

Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm

The wind farm’s primary area of community development are the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Loeries, Thornhill, St Francis, Oyster Bay, Gibson Bay, Hankey and Patensie. The wind project committed 1.1% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.4% to developing local enterprises. A community trust holds 6% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://jeffreysbaywindfarm.co.za/

The Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm is a 138 MW wind farm comprising of 60 2.3MW turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 1 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland close to the town of Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape province and is fully operational since July 2014.

The wind farm’s primary area of community development are the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, Loeries, Thornhill, St Francis, Oyster Bay, Gibson Bay, Hankey and Patensie. The wind project committed 1.1% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.4% to developing local enterprises. A community trust holds 6% of the shares in the project company.

More info on the project website http://jeffreysbaywindfarm.co.za/

Community benefit highlights

  1. Spelling bee programme in local primary schools
  2. University bursaries for engineering students
  3. Reading coach programme in local primary schools
  4. Maternal health and early child hood development
  5. Equipment and training for local farmers

Community benefits created to-date

Investment of community funds to date

Socio-Economic Development
R 17.2 mil
Enterprise Development
R 6.4 mil

Community ownership

The Amandla Omoya Trust represents the local communities and holds 6% of the total project shares. To finance its share of the cost of constructing the project, the trust secured a loan from the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA). The loan will be repaid through the shareholder dividends generated by the project and once repaid the trust will use its share of the dividends to benefit the local community. The Trust was established to provide economic development support to the local community living within the 50km radius with 85% of the beneficiaries being black.

Gibson Bay Wind Farm

The wind farm’s primary area of community development are the surrounding towns and communities including Humansdorp, Hankey, Patensie, Loerieheuwel, Umzamowethu and Sea Vista. The project committed 4.2% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development. A community trust holds 40% of the shares in the project company.

The Gibson Bay wind farm is a 111MW project comprising 37 turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 3 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland close to the town of St. Francis in the Eastern Cape province and is expected to be operational in 2017.

The wind farm’s primary area of community development are the surrounding towns and communities including Humansdorp, Hankey, Patensie, Loerieheuwel, Umzamowethu and Sea Vista. The project committed 4.2% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development. A community trust holds 40% of the shares in the project company.

Community benefits during wind farm construction

  1. School meals, nutritional education and healthy lifestyle training for learners.
  2. Free WIFI for public spaces in low-income communities

Investment of community funds to-date

Socio-Economic Development & Enterprise Development
This wind farm is still being build. Once it’s turbines start turning, it will report on community investments.

Community ownership

The Gibson Bay Community Trust holds 40% shareholding in the project. The community trust will, in the initial phase, pay back the loan before the benefits starts flowing into the community.