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SAWEA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD TO LEAD WIND SECTOR’S ROLE IN SA’S ENERGY LANDSCAPE

Cape Town, 31 January 2023 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced its new Board of Governance, following its 11th Annual General Meeting held in Cape Town, 27 January 2023. As the country accelerates its energy transition and pushes for energy security, the men and women who hold ...
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WIND INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME REFLECTS THE COUNTRY’S ENERGY SECTOR GROWTH

January 2023 The second Wind Industry Internship Programme (WIIP) has announced that it will double its placements for 2023 and offer supplementary work readiness training for the first time.  The programme supports the development of specialist skills needed to facilitate the exponential growth of the industry, to support the country’s ...
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ESKOM URGED TO REMAIN ENGAGED WITH WIND SECTOR IN WAKE OF CEO RESIGNATION

In the wake of the Eskom Chief Executive Officer’s resignation yesterday [14 December 2022], the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has urged the power utility to continue to engage with the wind industry to find viable solutions to unlock the country’s energy challenges ...
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NEW WIND PROJECTS SET ASIDE DESPITE COUNTRY’S DESPERATE NEED FOR MORE POWER

8 December 2022 As the country struggles under stage 6 load shedding, new generation capacity bid by the wind sector, has been set aside, as announced by Minister Mantashe at today’s bidders conference – the sixth Bid Window (BW6) under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This ...
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WIND ASSOCIATION WELCOMES ESKOM’S UPDATED TDP 2022 AND CALLS FOR GRID UPGRADE

1 November 2022 SAWEA has welcomed Eskom’s announcement during the Transmission Development Plan (TDP) public forum (27 October 2022) of approximately 53GW of new additional generation capacity to be added to the grid up to 2032 ...
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ENERGY LIBERALISATION TO RAISE THE COUNTRY’S ENERGY AVAILABILITY LEVELS

Having exceeded the 150th day of load shedding this year, South Africa’s economy continues to feel the strain of the energy availability factor (EAF), which is not able to reach the required levels.  The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) acknowledges that whilst the problem is simple, developing solutions for ...
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THOUSANDS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS ANTICIPATE THE YELLOW EDU-TAINER’S ARRIVAL

17 October 2021, Eastern Cape The custom-built EnergyDRIVE truck has kicked-off its 2022 tour of the country, commencing its trek from Cape Town before heading across the three Cape provinces, where it will visit around 2 000 learners across 21 schools, before making its way back to the Durban University of ...
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ACADEMIC COMMUNITY GATHER TO UNPACK RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVANCEMENT AMIDST ENERGY CRISIS

Cape Town, 11 October 2022 WindAc Africa 2022, kicked-off its fifth instalment today, with a key note address delivered by Henk Volschenk, Operations Manager at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC), a key stakeholder in South Africa’s wind energy sector. This year’s conference offers a special programme for ...
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ADDITIONAL WIND POWER PROJECTS HAVE BEEN SIGNED BUT THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE

23 September 2022 Responding to yesterday’s signing by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), Mr Gwede Mantashe of the first three wind project agreements under Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has issued a ...
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WIND POWER PRODUCERS EXPLORE POSSIBILITY OF PROVIDING SURPLUS POWER

September 2022 In line with the recent call for additional energy from existing Independent Power Producers (IPPs) by Eskom, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has noted that the programme launched in June 2021 to purchase additional capacity, may be reinvigorated ...
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JUST ENERGY TRANSITION KICKS OFF WITH SUPPORT FROM MPUMALANGA SCHOOLS AND STAKEHOLDERS

19 September 2022, Mpumalanga Key energy stakeholders, local government representatives and partners gathered today in the small town of Pullenshop, in Mpumalanga, to kick off the wind industry’s inaugural experiential renewable energy conversation across local schools in this Province. In support of the country’s transition to clean energy, Eskom has ...
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BID WINDOW 6 AMENDMENTS

Bid Window 6 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme’s (REIPPPP) request for proposals (RFP), which was released two months ago (7 July 2022), has been amended by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy ("DMRE"). As noted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), the wind ...
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WIND INDUSTRY STANDS TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF THE JUST ENERGY TRANSITION TRAINING FACILITY IN MPUMALANGA

22 August 2022, Cape Town In support of the Eskom Just Energy Transition Strategy, SAWEA has confirmed that it is working together with Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) and other renewable energy industry players, to support the establishment of a renewable energy training ...
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ACADEMIA TO OUTLINE RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVANCEMENT AND RESPONSE TO THE ENERGY CRISIS

August 2022 Africa’s premier academic exchange platform, WindAc Africa 2022, is inviting renewable energy researchers to once again showcase their work.  The platform, recognises the pivotal role that wind energy research and technology development plays in the sector, as it leads the way for advancement and progress, which is especially ...
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WIND INDUSTRY WELCOMES PRESIDENTIAL INTERVENTION PLAN FOR ACCELERATED POWER

26 July 2022 Responding to President Ramaphosa’s address (25 July 2022), the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) applauds the numerous outlined interventions that the President and his team have set out to tackle the country’s energy crisis head on. ...
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