According to theSouth African Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2010) –a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand stipulates that 42% of electricity generated in South Africa is required to come from renewable resources.
With the government’s second round of agreements with independent power producers closed and the third to close at the end of the year, there are already eight wind farms and 18 solar projects breaking ground across the country.
These projects emanate from the first window of agreements from the Department of Energy’s Independent Power Producer programme that aims to produce 3,725MW from wind, solar, small hydro-gas, biogas, biomass and landfill gas by 2016
South Africans have previously moved too slowly with respect to renewable energy projects, but there is finally a policy framework in place that allows people to invest in renewable energy sources.
Wind, solar, small hydro projects and IPP’s will be discussed during the Clean Power Africa conference, to be held in Cape Town from the 13 – 16 May 2013. The conference and exhibition will offer the chance for stakeholders to map their further infrastructure plans around the development of sustainable renewable energy projectsto meet local power needs.
Clean Power Africa’s highlighted speakers include:
• Mosad El-Missiry, Head of NEPAD Energy Programme, NEPAD, South Africa
• Lawrence Musaba, Centre Manager, Southern Africa Power Pool, Zimbabwe
• Carlo Van Wageningen, Chairman, Lake Turkana Wind Project, Kenya
• Andrew Barfour, Project Coordinator, GEDAP (Ghana Energy Development and Access Project), Ministry of Energy, Ghana
• HyaciinthElayo, Energy Policy Analyst, Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Cape Verde
Clean Power Africa, co-located with the 13thAfrican Utility Week will provide you with access to 5,000 power industry experts, 250+ global solution providers & key pan-African speakers through the full energy spectrum.By attending, you can dramatically increase your networking reach, access key project tenders and latest technologies.
There will also be technical workshop programmes held on the exhibition floor by leading energy players. These workshops and presentations are being offered FREE to all contractors, electricians and technical staff. Registration is crucial to secure one of the 50 seats.Book your space now!