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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.

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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

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.

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SAWEA counting on NERSA for transparency and leadership

Thursday, 14 September 2017
SAWEA and its legal counsel have welcomed clarity on NERSA process, while strongly objecting to Eskom’s lack of engagement.
SAWEA declared a power procurement dispute in October 2016, requesting the National Regulator (NERSA) to undertake an investigation into Eskom’s continued unwillingness to fulfil its mandate as purchaser of power duly procured by the Department of Energy.

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ENERGYDRIVE SET TO FOCUS ON RURAL COMMUNITIES AND BUILD A WIND ROUTE

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will partner with the Durban University of Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and embark on an educational road trip with the EnergyDRIVE. This custom-built truck is designed to teach rural learners about the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies and is expected to engage with over 2 500 rural high school learners located close to wind farms.

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OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR SPONSORED PARTICIPATION AT WIND ENERGY CONFERENCE

Students from South African universities are encouraged to submit an application for sponsorship to attend the South African Wind Energy Association’s WindAc Africa conference.
Students who are keen to understand the diverse wind energy sector have the opportunity to join experts in the field for an in-depth experience of WindAc Africa.
“The sponsorship will include complimentary access to the 2-day conference, as well as travel costs for students who do not reside in the greater Cape Town area,” explained Brenda Martin, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

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SAWEA connects Women in Industry & addresses transformation in Wind Sector

SAWEA connects leading women in the energy sector with University students and young professionals to promote development, and to address issues of gender and transformation in the Wind sector.
South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has launched a programme to connect leading women in the energy sector with senior students at South African Universities and young professionals currently entering the energy sector.

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GLOBAL WIND DAY CELEBRATES INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENTS AND BENEFITS COMMUNITIES

South Africa joins countries across the globe to celebrate Global Wind Day 2017. This worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June, is a day for re-considering wind, and the power it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economy and boost jobs and growth.

In more than 80 countries worldwide, wind farms generate clean and renewable power, and South Africa is no exception. From the shores of the Western Cape, across the Eastern and Northern Cape, to the Northern borders of South Africa, wind farms are producing power, creating local value and building futures.

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Press release: South Africans have a right to the full picture when it comes to their energy future, says wind energy organisation

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has rejected the current base case scenario used for the 2016 updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which is currently out for consultation.

SAWEA, following extensive consultation with its members, calls for the scenario to be remodelled as a ‘least-cost energy plan’ and re-issued for consultation.

SAWEA CEO Brenda Martin explains: “The current update includes unjustified artificial constraints on the connection rates for wind and solar PV. A least-cost base case is an essential starting point for the IRP process and government has an obligation to select the most affordable electricity supply options available”.
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