Questions around the feasibility of renewable energy and the possibility of driving a large-scale uptake in Africa will be among the topics addressed at African Utility Week, being held at the CTICC in Cape Town from 15-17 March.
Conference director Claire Volkwyn comments: "The South African government’s commitment to the development of renewable energy was reiterated by President Jacob Zuma during this year’s State of the Nation address, when he said the government would start procuring power from renewable energy power producers."
African Utility Week brings together power industry professionals from across the world, African Energy ministers or their representatives from countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda and DRC as well as a "who’s who" of municipal, utility and government stakeholders who are shaping the future of the industry.
The high-level speaker line-up includes the CEO of Eskom, Brian Dames; the South African Minister of Energy, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters; and chairman of the Gridwise Alliance, Guido Bartels.
Highlights of the Renewable Energy conference sessions include:
* Solar as a feasible, large scale generation technology in Africa;
* An update on Africa’s first solar park – producing solar power on a large scale and at reduced cost;
* Case study: The 100-MW Hopefield wind farm – the most advanced large-scale commercial wind farm in South Africa today;
* Unlocking Africa’s wind energy potential – getting projects off the ground;
* An overview of South Africa’s updated white paper on renewable energy;
* Industrial experiences with Renewable feed-in-tariffs (Refit) – Kenyan case study; and
* Energy efficiency in municipalities – case studies.