In recognition of the importance of research towards a cleaner and more sustainable production of energy in South Africa and the world, anew academic conference WindAc Africa will run for the first time on the 31 October - 1 November, directly before the South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA) annual Cape Town conference Windaba.
Wind energy sector passes 1 gigawatt (GW) milestone with over 3GW already in pipeline
Wind energy’s success story continues into 2016 with the news that over 1 gigawatt (GW) of power is already feeding much needed electricity into the country’s grid. This figure equates to the supply of 511,000 household’s average energy consumption*.
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Record Chinese installations drive global market past 63 GW
Powered by an astonishing 30,500 MW of new installations in China, the global wind power industry installed 63,013 MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%. The US market reached 8.6 GW on the back of a strong fourth quarter surge, and Germany led a stronger than expected performance in Europe with a record 6 GW of new installations, including 2.3 GW offshore. Total global capacity reached 432,419 MW at the end of 2015, representing cumulative growth of 17%.
In the year that wind power helped to keep South Africa’s lights on at a cost less than zero (see CSIR ref: below), approximately five hundred international and local delegates will gather in Cape Town’s CTICC on 4-5 November to discuss the accomplishments, challenges and future of South Africa’s flourishing wind energy sector. The Minister of Energy the Honourable Tina Joemat-Petterssen is the patron of the event and will be opening it.
As the renewables industry rides the waves of SAIREC’s recent success in Cape Town, those focussing specifically on the wind industry have even more reason to attend Windaba given Government’s most recent statement that the future of Africa is in ‘the hands of energy’.
The Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen has recently confirmed his attendance and he will join Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson in introducing the conference during the opening session.
Wind energy has saved South Africa R1.8 billion more than it cost in first half of 2015 – and is actually making Eskom money
The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed and endorsed a new report by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the (ZAR 1.8 billion) less-than-zero costs of renewable energy to the country. The CSIR has just released its latest calculations on the increasing savings these technologies are achieving. Collectively wind energy and solar power (photovoltaic) saved ZAR 4 billion from January to June this year. Wind energy produced net savings of ZAR 1.8 billion and was also cash positive for Eskom by ZAR 300 million.
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