Chair Voice – October 2021
Following a very successful Windaba 2021, which celebrated a decade of wind power in South Africa, the industry is feeling more energized. This year’s conference was certainly a celebration of the rebirth of our sector and aligned well with the ramping up of new deployment and rolling procurement, which is expected.
As we look ahead towards what promises to be an unprecedented growth of the wind energy industry in South Africa, Windaba 2021 certainly reflected on our state of readiness, to deliver this capacity, but also addressed the challenges and barriers. This included skills availability, land availability and investment in local supply chain development to support this growth phase.
The challenges around lack of grid access was furthermore one of the burning issue tackled. The Eskom Generation Connection Capacity Assessment of the 2022- Transmission Network (GCCA-2022) recently issued will be of key interest to all members. The challenge is enormous and now more than ever we need to work alongside the system operator to unlock grid constraints. https://www.eskom.co.za/whatweredoing/gccareport/pages/default.aspx
On behalf of the SAWEA Board I would like to thank you, my fellow members, for your continuous support of Windaba through either sponsorships, exhibitions or participating as delegates and as speakers, despite the current global health pandemic related challenges.
I trust you had an opportunity to reconnect after last year’s hiatus and that you are looking forward to next year’s event.
Chair, South African Wind Energy Association