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SA wind industry maintains long-term view of Energy Future

Submitted by South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) on 13 September 2017
Signing of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 projects under Round 3.5 and 4 bid windows of the Renewable Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has been set for end October 2017. This much anticipated announcement, by the Department of Energy, facilitates signing of PPA’s and sees movement for the industry, which has stagnated since August 2015.

In preparation for a sustainable Wind Energy market in South Africa, the Windaba conference programme will review the long-term position for the South African and African wind industry. The conference, which is the flagship event of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), continues to provide industry stakeholders with the most relevant information to assist in astute business decision-making.

Discussion Streams for 2017 will include Power Sector Reform, Transformation and the Energy Transition. Themes will be developed over the two days. Of particular interest to policy makers, lenders, investors and IPP’s will be a discussion entitled the ‘The End Game’. This session will take place under the 'Energy Transition' stream. While speakers will share current insights from market experience, the key question to addressed is: “What will the final stages of Energy Transition involve?” Industry experts will explore barriers, opportunities and the developmental objectives that should be prioritized by these stakeholders to participate effectively in one of the world’s most high-potential Wind Markets, South Africa.

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