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RENEWABLE INDUSTRY ENGAGES WITH ENERGY MINISTER TO FORGE POSITIVE PLANS

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), together with various other energy sector stakeholders, recently met with Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, in what is viewed as a significant step towards the sector forging a positive relationship with the Department of Mineral Resource and Energy (DMRE), based on ...
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INDUSTRY EXPERTS AND DMRE EXPLORE THE COMPLEXITIES OF RE-FINANCING IPPS

The South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) recent Windaba webinar unpacked the uncharted territory of refinancing renewable energy projects in South Africa. In May this year, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMRE), via the IPP Office (IPPO) invited Bid Window 1 - 3.5 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to consider participating ...
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GREEN RECOVERY: WIND POWER’S ROLE IN SA’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY POST-COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is pushing for a green economic recovery plan, which should consider renewable energy as one of the main components of the government economic stimulus package post-COVID-19. ...
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Opinion Editorial: Transitioning to a Greener Economy

As South Africa continues its journey down the path to transitioning to a greener economy, the country is asking the energy sector to fast track procurement and calls for the implementation of the 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). By Ntombifuthi Ntuli* ...
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NERSA DETERMINATIONS GIVE HOPE FOR PROCUREMENT OF NEW GENERATION CAPACITY

Background:  The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has co-ordinated a consolidated wind industry response to the two consultation papers, published last month by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), for two separate Ministerial Determinations submitted by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe. The first consultation paper ...
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SAWEA WELCOMES NEW IPPO HEAD

9 April 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed the appointment of Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro, as the new head of the Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO). The Association trusts that the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P) will be well led and directed by ...
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ESKOM ISSUES CURTAILMENT NOTICE TO WIND FARMS CITING COVID-19

Despite government issuing an official notice on 25 March 2020, classifying electricity production, supply and maintenance as essential services, Eskom is proposing to curtail operational wind farms citing reduced demand in relation to COVID-19, claiming Force Majeure.  ...
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RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCERS PROVIDE ESSENTIAL POWER DURING LOCKDOWN

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has confirmed that a Government Notice, issued on 25 March 2020, has classified electricity production, supply and maintenance as essential services.  However, by implication, the twelve wind farms currently under construction are not classified as essential services and will be part of the ...
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SAWEA WELCOMES COURT RULING DISMISSING COAL TRANSPORTERS FORUM CASE

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), which represents the interests of its members who are invested in the local utility-scale wind power value chain, has welcomed a judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissing a case brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) to set aside power purchase ...
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SA’S ENERGY TRANSITION DELIVERS ON MANUFACTURING JOBS

South Africa’s energy transition is poised to unlock economic growth and deliver thousands of much needed new jobs, at a time when the country faces staggering unemployment rates that threaten to continue well into the new decade.  Thousands of jobs await a Ministerial Determination to give a green light for ...
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WIND SECTOR RESPONDS TO REPORT ON MARKET FRIENDLY ENERGY PROCUREMENT

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has responded to a media report stating that the ANC endorses a market-friendly approach to South Africa’s constrained energy supply, which includes allowing municipalities to procure their own energy, expanding the Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme and freeing up regulations around self-generation by ...
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CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY LEARN ABOUT RENEWABLES IN VERNACULAR

English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Setswana speaking children across South Africa, are learning about the role that wind power is playing as the world transitions to renewable power for a cleaner, healthier planet through a beautifully illustrated story book, aptly named ‘Let the Wind Blow’. ...
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WIND INDUSTRY CAN RELEASE ADDITIONAL POWER INTO THE GRID NOW

As the country’s plunged into unprecedented Stage 6 power cuts for the first time, implemented from 18:00 on Monday 11 December, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) calls for immediate release of available wind power into the national grid. ...
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SA’S ENERGY TRANSITION OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO UPSCALE WIND ENERGY LOCALISATION

As South Africa’s energy sector transitions from high dependency on coal for electricity production to clean energy sources such as wind and solar PV, there are several growth opportunities that can be realised in the economy.  Over the next 10 years the country will see massive decommissioning of old coal ...
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SAWEA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD TO LEAD WIND ENERGY TRANSITION

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced its new Board of Governance, including three new members. At a time in South Africa’s energy transition, the men and women who hold positions on this board will be charged with steering the wind energy sector and advocating for a clean ...
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