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.
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.
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, announced that she intends making a ministerial determination for an additional 6,300 MW of renewable energy to be procured, over and above the existing 5243 MW’s that have taken the REIPPPP process to the end of Round 4.
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