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Press release: A Case for a Net Zero Carbon Economy

A CASE FOR A NET ZERO CARBON ECONOMY Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 26th Conference of Parties, referred to as COP26, South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has unpacked the role of renewable energy, as South Africa prepares for a net zero carbon ...
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Op Ed: A Case for Net Zero

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of SAWEA Following the release of the Global Wind Energy Council’s 2020 wind report, the buzz in the sector is around reaching Net Zero Carbon Economies.  This is not surprising as the Council’s annual flagship dossier, sets the tone in preparation for the 2021 United Nations Framework ...
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WIND INDUSTRY CELEBRATES ANNOUNCEMENT OF RMI4P PREFERRED BIDDERS

In response to the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe’s announcement of the preferred bidders for the procurement of the 2000 MW Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), has noted the significant role that wind has to play ...
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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 today celebrating the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) announcement to open a new procurement round ...
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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: ACHIEVING AN EQUAL FUTURE IN THE RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR

A decade into South Africa’s renewable energy sector’s existence, it has become apparent it is still lagging in sufficient gender diversity.  Hence the industry is actively giving attention to adjust and improve the levels of gender representation, at all levels, with the launch of its Gender Diversity Working Group. ...
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WIND INDUSTRY WELCOMES RAMAPHOSA’S COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE POWER

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), has issued a statement of support for President Ramaphosa’s firm commitment to South Africa’s renewable energy power procurement programme (REI4P) as stated in his SONA last night (11 February 2021).  ...
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WIND TO POWER ECONOMIC INVESTMENT

December 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) estimates that the sector will unlock annual investment of R40 billion for the next decade, on the assumption that smooth procurement and policy will deliver in line with the country’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).  However, should the government deliver on ...
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REDZ ROLE IN SOUTH AFRICA’S JUST ENERGY TRANSITION

Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZ) have a key role to play in the South Africa’s Just Energy Transition, creating priority areas for investment in the electricity grid and increasing South Africa’s green energy map, by enabling higher levels of renewable power penetration. ...
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WIND POWER GAINS GROUND

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has applauded the South African government for the massive progress made in policy over the last 12-months, beginning with the gazetted 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and all the very hard work done, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure its commitment to the ...
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WIND POWER AND THE AGRI SECTOR HAVE A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP

The gazetted amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity, as announced in September 2020, has paved the way for municipalities, in good financial standing, to be able to either develop or obtain their own power-generation capacity from Independent Power Producers (IPPs).  This offers another avenue of potential income ...
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WIND POWER CONFERENCE ATTRACTS THOUGHT LEADERS TO PREP FOR 14.4GW POWER DELIVERY

26 October 2020 The Windaba Virtual Conference kicked-off today, presenting an assembly of industry thought leaders that are geared to support the industry as it enters into another decade of growth, set to transform South Africa’s energy landscape by delivering 14.4 GW of wind energy over the next decade ...
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MUNICIPALITIES TO BEGIN PROCURING POWER DIRECTLY FROM IPPS

16 October 2020 During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address [SONA:13 February 2020] he signaled to Section 34 of the Electricity Amendment Act, to enable municipalities in good financial standing to develop their own power generation projects. This has now come to fruition with the Minister of Mineral ...
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WIND POWER PROCUREMENT UNLOCKS INVESTMENT AND INDICATES GOVERNMENTS REFORMS

September 28, 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) welcomes Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s gazetted Section 34 Determination to procure more renewable energy for South Africa, from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), saying that this is one step closer to unlocking an estimated R40 billion annual investment ...
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WIND POWER PROCUREMENT WILL UNLOCK INVESTMENT AND PROVINCES VALUE CHAIN

September 25, 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) welcomes Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s gazetted Section 34 Determination to procure more renewable energy for South Africa, from independent power producers (IPPs). “This signals the reawakening of the Wind Industry, which the sector is ready to deliver ...
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RENEWABLES FOCUS ON UPSKILLING TO EMPOWER AND DRIVE SA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SAPVIA and SAWEA join forces to launch Developing Developers programme.

Two of the renewable sectors leading representative voices have come together to launch an innovative programme to drive change, enhance the local skills base and ensure South Africa reaps the full benefits of a decarbonised economy ...
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