South Africa’s adoption of renewables hailed
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – A leading global testing, certification and advisory services company has welcomed South Africa’s commitment to embracing the use of renewable energy saying such a move would help address recurring power challenges.
Last week, the Department of Energy announced it approved 13 new renewable Independent Power Projects bids, signaling the strong commitment of the South African government to continue renewable energy deployment.
“We encourage the whole sector to anticipate these developments and continue helping South Africa to stabilise its energy sector and solve the load shedding problems,” said Sliman Abu Amara, Area Manager Africa, DNV GL.
Amara was speaking ahead of the upcoming African Utility Week, scheduled for May 12-14 in Cape Town, South Africa.
The continent’s leading renewable energy project managers, investors and technology providers will gather in the city as part of the largest utility conference and expo in Africa.
DNV GL is the exclusive diamond sponsor at the event.
“We have noticed a lot of things happening in the African market, in South Africa, in sub-Saharan Africa and in Northern Africa.
“The African market is ready for the penetration of larger scale renewable energy on the continent,” said Amara.
The company will also release findings at African Utility Week from a large survey for Africa regarding three dynamics reshaping renewable and grid connection.
In South Africa alone, DNV GL has been involved in nine wind projects, including Dorper and Gouda Wind Farms), and one solar project.
In Kenya, DNV GL is the engineering partner in the 300MW Lake Turkana project, which will be the single largest wind park in sub-Saharan Africa.
DNV GL also sees Egypt as a renewable energy market to watch.
– CAJ News
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