September 2020

CEO Voice: September 2020

Dear Members,

As the country is going through the continuous energy crisis it seems that government is beginning to move towards closing the electricity supply capacity gap. The long-awaited Ministerial Determination was gazetted this month, which is great news as it brings us a step closer to procurement of new generation capacity. We have heard a couple of times from the IPP Office that the Round 5 of REIPPPP RFP should be expected in the first quarter of 2021, and that they have sufficient capacity to handle both the RMIPPPP and the REIPPPP.READ MORE

SUPPORTING YOUNG CHILDREN DURING COVID

September 2020

Community Playgroups in the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality towns of Hopefield and Koperfontein have continued to provide educational support and meals to around 100 children, who remain at home, months after the initial COVID-19 lockdown, which began in March this year.  READ MORE

WIND POWER PROCUREMENT UNLOCKS INVESTMENT AND INDICATES GOVERNMENTS REFORMS

September 28, 2020

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) welcomes Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s gazetted Section 34 Determination to procure more renewable energy for South Africa, from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), saying that this is one step closer to unlocking an estimated R40 billion annual investment from the wind energy industry.READ MORE

WIND POWER PROCUREMENT WILL UNLOCK INVESTMENT AND PROVINCES VALUE CHAIN

September 25, 2020

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) welcomes Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s gazetted Section 34 Determination to procure more renewable energy for South Africa, from independent power producers (IPPs).

“This signals the reawakening of the Wind Industry, which the sector is ready to deliver on,” said SAWEA CEO, Ntombifuthi Ntuli.

This latest determination opens the way for the procurement of 4 800 MW from wind, which SAWEA explained is part of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), South Africa’s energy roadmap.

Wind power directly benefits the parts of the country that are rich in wind resources, such as the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces.

“We have estimated that the roll out could attract R40 billion annually, which means that the sector will create direct jobs for the coming years in the various sectors of the economy, particularly in the construction, manufacturing, transportation, logistics and professional services sectors,” said Ntuli.

The Western Cape, in particular, will directly benefit from local jobs and the stimulus across the industry value chain directly linked to the Atlantis Greentech SEZ, which is at the Provinces epicentre of greentech activities.

“Wind procurement sustains economic objectives that drives the country, as it unlocks the underlying economic value of existing infrastructure,” concluded Ntuli.

This determination sets the stage for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and confirms that IPPs will sell the power to State-owned power utility, Eskom.

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy will be the procurer, with duties that include negotiating power purchase agreements.

SAWEA represents the interests of over 100 members who are invested in the South African wind power value chain.

EDUCATION FUNDING CONTINUES DURING COVID

September 2020

The funding of two teaching posts at L.R. Schmidt Primary School, in the historical village of Genadendal, close to Greyton, has continued.  The financial support by Klipheuwel Wind Farm for a Remedial Teacher and Arts, Crafts and Entrepreneurial Skills Teacher, began in 2016 and is continuing despite school closures due to COVID-19, and has been extended to supply safety masks for learners and teachers.

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