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First half of 2015 sees financial benefits from renewable energy with huge cost savings

A second independent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) found that renewable energy from South Africa’s first wind and solar (photovoltaic) projects created R4 billion more financial benefits to the country than they cost during the first six months of 2015. Download Press Release PDF Download ...
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Wind Industry upbeat as government energy response creates another 4-5 year visibility for wind power in SA

Cape Town, Thursday 16 April 2015 In a far-reaching expression of a clean energy vision, the Department of Energy today announced that the procurement of renewable energy will be accelerated and expanded. In announcing the preferred bidders for REIPPPP Round 4, the Minister of Energy, the Honourable Ms Tina Joemat-Petterssen, ...
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Wind industry will join celebrations at Renewable Energy Festival in Cape Town

The South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) Wind4Communities working group is taking a stand at the Word Wildlife Fund’s Renewable Energy Festival at Green Point Track (Corner of Granger Bay Blvd and Fritz Sonnenberg Rd) on Saturday 28 March. The group consists of members of the wind industry dedicated to ...
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Wind industry to celebrate providing solutions to energy crisis at annual conference

The wind industry’s leading conference has announced dates for its annual conference in Cape Town. The South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) ‘Windaba 2015’ will take place from 4-5 November at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Powering the Winds of Change’ and ...
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SAWEA launches local #iheartwind campaign

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has launched an #iheartwind campaign, celebrating people’s love for wind energy across South Africa.

The campaign is based on the international hashtag #iheartwind which encourages people from around the globe to participate. Please join our South African campaign using these 4 easy ...
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Manufacturers Express Anxiety Over Renewables Delay

Manufacturers of renewable-energy inputs have called on government to urgently finalise the financial closure for the 17 projects identified as preferred bids following the third procurement round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). It was estimated that successful closure could represent a R10-billion opportunity for the ...
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Wind energy outperforms expectations says Eskom

Real data on the output from South Africa’s wind farms shows they are significantly exceeding estimates used to model South Africa’s twenty year energy blueprint the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), an Eskom spokesperson informed Africa’s largest wind energy conference in Cape Town.
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Delay in SA’s renewable energy programme creates uncertainty

The government has warned that the extended deadline of November 24 for the financial close of the third-bid-window projects in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may be missed. “It’s going to be tight. There’s a slim chance which will determine whether the announcement will be made on ...
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Wind farms will generate over R 7 billion of revenue for local economic development over next 20 years

Delegates on day one of the South African Wind Energy Association heard that wind energy is now set to make a contribution of more than ZAR 7 Billion to communities and socio-economic development over the next 20 years in South Africa. With five wind farms in full operation, 22 large-scale ...
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Power2the People: workshop to focus on socio-economic development alongside wind conference

A one-day workshop running alongside wind energy conference Windaba will provide a forum for idea sharing and best practice development to ensure the ZAR5 Billion to be generated for communities from wind farms is invested collaboratively and effectively. The title of the event, which will be held on November 4 ...
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Windaba 2014 Press Release 22 Oct 2014

High-powered panel to discuss critical issues in SA electricity sector at Windaba The electricity sector in South Africa has been the subject of intense debate in recent weeks, with the Eskom new-build projected to start delivering much needed power in 2015. Questions around where the country will find the electricity ...
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Maximising a full range of renewable technologies can tackle energy crisis

As Eskom continues to declare regular ‘emergencies’ and black outs persist, renewable energy has the potential to rescue the situation over the next five years – we just need to mix small and large scale technologies, says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). Our current electricity supply cannot provide ...
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Energy Minister and Head of Treasury’s PPP unit both confirmed to attend Windaba

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Energy Minister and Windaba patron and Karen Breytenbach, leader of the government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit and figurehead of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have both confirmed their attendance as speakers at Windaba 2014. Minister Joemat-Pettersson will participate in a the formal opening ...
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Wind energy conference to focus on community benefit…

... and economic development.As the South African energy sector continues to look for injections of hope, the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEAs) official conference ‘Windaba’ promises to be more popular than ever in its fourth consecutive year. Already the wind industry is adding significant quantities of desperately needed electricity ...
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