November 2017

Wind farm launches shared learning project

TWO students that graduated with Honours in Development Studies from the Nelson Mandela University have undertaken to focus their theses on Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s Enterprise Development Programme.

The wind farm made scholarships available for students who wanted to read for their Masters in Development Studies, with the explicit purpose of understanding the impact of their beneficiary programmes on communities.READ MORE

110

ENERGYDRIVE IN CAPE TOWN to demonstrate renewable energy technologies and promote skills

The custom-built EnergyDRIVE truck, has arrived in Cape Town, completing the first half of its 3-week wind route journey across the country, having taught thousands of learners about the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies. The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has partnered with the Durban University of Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to make this national educational road trip with the EnergyDRIVE possible.

READ MORE

WORKING TO STRENGTHEN EASTERN CAPE WIND ENERGY COMMUNITY TRUSTS

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) hosted the first of series of workshops focused on Wind Farm Community Trusts. 

The workshop brought together Community Trustees, Economic Development Managers, and representatives from both the Government’s Independent Power Producer’s (IPP) office and wind farms in the region. Initiated to better understand the needs of the Community Trustees as they work for the benefit of beneficiary communities, participants used the opportunity to lay a foundation for ongoing support and increase effectiveness of Trusts.READ MORE

New book on Wind Power industry to be published on 22 November

A new revised and expanded edition of Wind Power: the Struggle for a New Global Industrywill be published by Routledge on 22 November. The book has been written by veteran Wind Industry commentator and Managing Director at FTI Consulting Ben Backwell, with a foreword by GWEC General Secretary Steve Sawyer, and features interviews with many of the wind industry’s leading companies and experts.READ MORE

RENEWABLE ENERGY- POSITIVELY IMPACTING THE EASTERN CAPE SAYS MAYOR LINGEN

South Africa has excellent coastal wind conditions, so it’s not surprising that the Eastern Cape has the lion’s share of operational wind farms in the country. With twelve power plants scattered across the province from Kouga through to Gibson Bay, these wind farms are contributing 34% of the country’s clean renewable power resources to the National Grid. A further upside to this nascent industry is the economic development that is taking place across the province, directly impacting on beneficiary communities.

READ MORE