Thousands of Eastern Cape School children are learning about the significance of renewable energy and science through a programme sponsored by Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, one of the county's largest wind farms. Launched in 2013, the purpose of the programme is to provide High School students with projects that will broaden their knowledge of science, with specific focus on renewable energy. "It is imperative to increase awareness and interest in the renewable energy industry and science amongst learners if our country is to develop the much needed skills in this area," Mark Pickering, General Manger of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power have both achieved Commercial Operations Date during the first week of April 2014, having mobilized their construction teams in December 2012. These Independent Power Producers, situated in the Northern Cape will now commence their 20-year Operations Phase. "We have reached a significant milestone having satisfied all of Eskom's requirements for operations to commence, including Grid Code Compliance," explained Mark Pickering, General Manager of Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power.