In both her recent National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Budget speech and yesterday’s Budget speech Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson hailed the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) as ‘one of the world’s most successful’, highlighting some new statistics that show the programme is over-delivering in many areas.
South Africa’s principal annual wind energy conference, Windaba, will take place on 2 and 3 November 2016 at Cape Town’s International Convention Centre (CTICC). A wind energy related activity day will be held on the 4th.
The theme for the conference, which attracts delegates and exhibitors from all over the globe, will be ‘Towards 100% Renewables’ and will focus on how to achieve this goal.
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*.
10 February 2016
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.
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