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WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY CELEBRATES NEW BID WINDOW FOR RENEWABLE PROCUREMENT

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), together with the broader renewable power sector, are celebrating the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) announcement to open a new procurement round as another step towards addressing energy security and further stimulating the role of the wind sector in South Africa’s ...
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RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRIALISATION WILL UNLOCK ECONOMIC POTENTIAL

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and its sector stakeholders are advocating for the industrialisation of the renewable energy sector to extrapolate the enormous potential across the value chain, thereby unlocking both the economic power of the renewable energy industry and delivering broader benefits to the people of South ...
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RENEWABLE ENERGY TO LIFT ENERGY AVAILABILITY

As the country’s energy availability factor (EAF) once again dips below the 60% mark, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) advocates that increased power generation from renewables needs to be accelerated ...
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SONA: UNLOCKING HURDLES TO RENEWABLE ENERGY DEPLOYMENT

Cape Town, 10 February 2022 In preparation for SONA 2022, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) engaged the broader wind power sector to highlight the challenges that industry is experiencing, for presentation to the Project Management’s Office of the Presidency.  The focus included both challenges the industry is currently ...
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NIVESHEN GOVENDER SET TO LEAD SA’S WIND INDUSTRY AS CEO OF SAWEA

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced the appointment of Niveshen Govender as CEO, who undertakes a leading role in driving the country’s transition to a greener economy as South Africa accelerates its efforts to decarbonise its power sector and increase its energy availability. He brings along a ...
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GREEN ENERGY DEPLOYMENT AND LOW CARBON INDUSTRIALISATION ON THE HORIZON

January 2022 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) expects 2022 to be a year defined by the accelerated uptake of green power procurement and South Africa’s intensifying commitment to the climate agenda, alongside a number of other shifts in the energy space brought on by changes in technological deployment ...
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ESKOM LAND OPENS DOORS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN MPUMALANGA PROVINCE

15 December 2021 Responding to the statement issued by Eskom today, the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has come out in support of the Utility’s announcement to initiate an auction process that will unlock and make land alongside its power stations, in the Mpumalanga Province, available to private investors ...
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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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