April 2019

“ESKOM CRISIS WOULD HAVE BEEN WORSE” – RADEBE

Energy minister praises renewable energy sector’s contribution to socio-economic development  

ST FRANCIS BAY – ENERGY minister Jeff Radebe praised the renewable energy sector’s contribution to socio-economic development as he officially opened the doors to a custom-built R4-million library for residents of the impoverished Sea Vista community in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday.READ MORE

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BURSARIES FOR LOERIESFONTEIN YOUTH AIM TO BUILD CAPACITY AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES

The Khobab Wind Farm’s bursary programme seeks to provide post-school study opportunities, particularly for local youth.  However, it also has a long term goal.  “It is our hope that our tertiary bursary programme will be able to eventually focus on STEM subjects, such as engineering, accounting and sciences, but until the mathematics and science base grows amongst tertiary school leavers, we are committed to providing opportunities to as many community members as is possible, without being limiting or prescriptive,” said Vanessa Fredericks, Economic Development Manager for Khobab Wind Farm.READ MORE

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Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future

The integration of solar and wind power poses specific challenges as system operators pursue low-carbon investments and long-term energy sustainability. As these variable renewable energy (VRE) sources reach high shares of power generation, power systems must be increasingly flexible to maintain the balance of supply and demand over each day or year.

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TRANSFORMING THE ENERGY SECTOR THROUGH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

A study undertaken by the Department of Energy’s IPP office shows that 25% of renewable energy funded-scholarships fall to the Globeleq Scholarship Fund (GSF), which launched in 2014 to help develop young engineering students for the nascent renewable energy industry and actively support the transformation of the industry.READ MORE

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WIND FARMS ARE BUILDING BRIDGES TO CONNECT COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm have announced that they will fund the construction of a bridge to provide a safe link over a dried up river that has divided the communities of Loeriesfontein for many years.

“The dried up river bed runs through the town, leaving a deep gorge that virtually separates the residential area from the main town, creating a physical barrier that hinders hundreds of community members each day, especially young school learners and the aged,” explained Vanessa Fredericks from Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm.

She added, “Traversing the gorge becomes particularly hazardous during the rainy season, when the riverbank turns to mud as children have to climb through the deep gorge daily to get to school or alternatively they have to walk a very long distance around the residential area to get to the main road.”

The proposed bridge will include a pedestrian path as well as two lanes for motor vehicles.  Whilst the wind farms are financing the construction, the Hantam Municipality has undertaken to maintain the bridge.

The full process is expected to be completed over the next couple of months after which, following the due process, construction will commence.

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