21 February 2018
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has issued a statement applauding the newly appointed President's commitment to stabilising state owned enterprises and Minister Gigaba's reiteration of these sentiments, in today's Budget Speech.
2 February 2018
SAWEA has responded to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, giving Eskom the green light to sign the outstanding Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with renewable power producers.
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) together with the broader renewable power sector anticipate the conclusion of the 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter of 2018.
The majority of the processes that precede the finalisation of the PPA’s were fulfilled by the IPP Office and the Preferred Bidders during mid-December. The Minister of Public Enterprises is now required to provide her approval in terms of section 54(2) of the Public Finance Management Act so that the Department of Energy (DoE) can conclude Direct Agreements with preferred bidders.
The custom-built EnergyDRIVE truck, has arrived in Cape Town, completing the first half of its 3-week wind route journey across the country, having taught thousands of learners about the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies. The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has partnered with the Durban University of Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to make this national educational road trip with the EnergyDRIVE possible.
South Africa has excellent coastal wind conditions, so it’s not surprising that the Eastern Cape has the lion’s share of operational wind farms in the country. With twelve power plants scattered across the province from Kouga through to Gibson Bay, these wind farms are contributing 34% of the country’s clean renewable power resources to the National Grid. A further upside to this nascent industry is the economic development that is taking place across the province, directly impacting on beneficiary communities.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
SAWEA and its legal counsel have welcomed clarity on NERSA process, while strongly objecting to Eskom’s lack of engagement.
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