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SA WIND GIVES GREEN FUNDING A THUMBS UP

November 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has put its voice of support behind the first of its kind green financing deal, announced at Cop26 climate talks last week.  Speaking on behalf of the wind power industry and the country’s broader renewable energy sector, this deal, which comprises ...
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SAWEA ANNOUNCES CHAIR TO LEAD WIND ENERGY TRANSITION

2 November 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced the re-appointment of Mercia Grimbeek as Chair, for a second two-year term. Grimbeek, who has served on the Board of Governance since 2018, has been part of South Africa’s renewable energy sector since its inception, eleven years ago.  ...
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REIPPPP BID WINDOW 5 PREFERRED BIDDERS ANNOUNCED

28 October 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) announced the preferred bidders for the Fifth Bid Window (BW5) under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which will see just short of 2 600MW of new generation capacity being developed by Independent Power Producers (IPPs), including ...
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SA WIND JOINS GLOBAL PUSH FOR NET ZERO AHEAD OF COP26 AND CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

October 2021 Ahead of this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, taking place 31 October to 12 November 2021, and the imminent parliamentary tabling of South Africa’s Climate Change Bill, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has reiterated its commitment to ensure the country’s wind industry aligns with ...
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OFFSHORE WIND POTENTIAL MAY BE SA’S ANSWER TO DECARBONISATION

CTICC, 8 October 2021 South Africa was one of many nations that signed an intended nationally determined contribution to commit to reducing carbon emissions, COP21. This pledge requires the country to decrease carbon emissions by over 40% by 2025, and according to the Department of Environmental Affairs renewable energy is ...
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EXPERTS DISCUSS ROLE OF HYBRID ENERGY SYSTEMS IN SA ENERGY MIX – WINDABA CONFERENCE

CTICC, 7 October 2021 As South Africa continues on its journey to a greener economy, energy experts, who gathered at this year’s Windaba conference, predict that our future energy mix is likely to include dispatchable power, in the form of hybrid systems  This follows the DMRE’s launch of its technology ...
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CONFERENCE OPENS TO ADDRESS WIND POWER’S ROLE IN SA ECONOMY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

October 2021, CTICC Chair of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), Mercia Grimbeek welcomed local and international wind energy industry members and sector stakeholders to the 10th annual international Wind Industry conference – Windaba 2021, marking a decade of wind power in South Africa ...
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ACADEMIC COMMUNITY GATHER AT WINDAC AND ENGAGE IN MASTERCLASSES

Cape Town, 5 October 2021 WindAc Africa 2021, kicked-off its fourth instalment today, with a key note address delivered by Mr Kristoffer Böttzauw, the Director General of the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), a strategic partner of strategic partner and a keen supporter wind energy sector ...
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EWSETA PARTNERS WITH SAWEA TO DRIVE WIND INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

With the aim of encouraging young professionals to join the energy sector, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Energy and Water Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA). SAWEA subsequently submitted an application through the discretionary grant to EWSETA, to support their Wind ...
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ENERGYDRIVE ARRIVES IN THE EASTERN CAPE TO TEACH LEARNERS ABOUT RENEWABLE POWER

6 September 2021, Eastern Cape The custom-built EnergyDRIVE truck has kicked-off its 2021 tour of the country, having arrived in the Eastern Cape last week, from Durban University of Technology (DUT).  The much-loved yellow edu-tainer is visiting schools and local wind farms in the region to engage with hundreds of ...
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SANEDI JOINS SAWEA ON ITS JOURNEY ACROSS SA’s ENERGYDRIVE #WINDROUTE

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), has announced that it will board the much loved renewable energy educational road trip, the EnergyDRIVE, as a partner in this year’s campaign, next month ...
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THE WIND POWER SECTOR MOURNS THE LOSS OF MS NTOMBIFUTHI NTULI

13 August 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the sector at large, today mourns the loss of their beloved Princess Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of SAWEA ...
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CLEAN ENERGY SECTOR IS GEARING UP TO ATTRACT SKILLS BACK AND SUPPORT JOB SEARCHES

South Africa’s renewable energy sector is amidst preparation for the Fifth Bid Window (BW5), deadline next week, 16 August 2021 as well as gearing up for the next two bidding rounds, expected to follow soon thereafter.  To ensure that the industry can deliver these procurement rounds, which will not only ...
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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR’S LOCALISATION

South Africa’s renewable energy sector is currently preparing submissions for the Fifth Bid Window (BW5), with a looming 4 August 2021 deadline.  However, it is not only the bidders that are abuzz but also the local manufacturing, transportation and other industries that make up the local value chain of the ...
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RENEWABLE SECTOR WORKS TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY GOALS AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION

A decade into South Africa’s renewable energy programme, evidence of a maturing sector continues to come to the fore, most recently with the launch of a programme that will help the sector to be a legitimate actor in the just energy transition, through deliberate involvement in the Sustainable Development Goals ...
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