Wind energy good for business

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The environment for doing business within South Africa’s wind energy sector was further boosted this week as a Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) report showed that the true potential for wind energy is much higher than previously thought. Enough to power the whole world in fact!

The 2016 Windaba conference and exhibition will tackle these and other hugely relevant subjects at the Annual SAWEA conference, which will take place from 2-4 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). As the number one wind energy event to do business in the wind sector Windaba will again be a hotbed of deal-making in light of the industry’s ongoing success and attractiveness to investors on the Continent.

Further positive news which the CSIR study showed is that ‘The total technical wind power potential in South Africa if wind farms were to be installed all across the country except in exclusion areas (National Parks, settlement areas, etc.) is 6700GW, which is a wind fleet large enough to supply the entire world's electricity demand. In order to generate 250 TWh/yr, which is approximately today's South African electricity demand, 0.6% of the available South African land mass would have to be dedicated for wind farms with an installed capacity of approximately 75 GW. An accompanying map also highlighted that 80% of South Africa’s land mass is suitable for economic wind energy development with load factors of 30% and higher.

The CSIR study truly brings some very pertinent issues, which the Conference Programme will create space to unpack.

Do not miss your opportunity to be part of this crucial conversation and meet key decision-makers! Sign up to our extended ‘Early Bird’ special which offers a 15% discount on registration between now and 31 July (payment must be made by this date).

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