As the renewables industry rides the waves of SAIREC's recent success in Cape Town, those focusing specifically on the wind industry have even more reason to attend Windaba given Government's most recent statement that the future of Africa is in 'the hands of energy'.
The Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen will join Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to introduce the conference during the opening session. The expanded and accelerated renewable energy investment programme (REIPPP) underway in South Africa has stimulated investment and created a thriving market for wind energy. There are currently 294 wind turbines installed with plans to reach 2,500 by 2020. The newest prices for wind power under the REIPPPP are 40% cheaper than new coal. In the first half of 2015, wind energy saved South Africa 1.8 billion rand more than it cost.
The 5th edition of Windaba, organised by GWEC and South African Wind Energy Association is themed: "Powering the winds of change", and reflects the industry's conviction that wind energy can fill South Africa's current energy gap with low cost, clean electricity which can be brought on grid within a relatively short time frame.
The Windaba conference and exhibition will take place in Cape Town from 4-5 November 2015. Register here.