The Future for Wind Power in AfricaBy Iqpc Middle East, PRNE
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
CAIRO, November 24, 2010 - As Africa's renewable energy market continues on the path of rapid
growth, what can we expect for the future of wind power? Last year, South
Africa's National Energy Regulator (NERSA) introduced the feed-in-tariff
designed to produce 10 TWh of electricity per year by 2013. Riaan Smit,
Eskom's Chief Engineer, Network Planning, spoke to us about the effect this
has had on the renewable energy market:
"Taking into account that at one stage South Africa was the cheapest
producer of electricity in the world…this is also the "worst" market to
enter with more expensive renewable energy. The renewable energy
feed-in-tariff is vital to enable the development of the wind industry.
In a recent survey conducted by the International Quality and
Productivity Centre (IQPC), 38.46% of respondents chose South Africa as the
country leading the way in wind power development in Africa, whilst 23.08% of
respondents chose Egypt.
Egypt has impressive plans for the future, launching its first privately
owned wind farm in 2013 to be situated in the Gulf of Suez, the nation also
aims to produce a fifth of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020.
"The Gulf of Suez is an excellent area for wind farms. Several projects are
underway to create more wind parks there, which could have capacity of around
2,000 MW" said Mohab Hallouda, a Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank.
Leaders in the industry from both South Africa and Egypt will be speaking
at IQPC's Wind Power Development and Implementation conference, taking place
in Cairo, Egypt from 12-15 December 2010.
"Attending the event is important for investors and bankers to learn how
they can attract funds; important for researchers for the high calibre of
specialised speakers; important for governmental decision makers and officers
as they will be aware of all facilities and initiative policies offered in
different countries." Dr. Hisham El Agamawy, Energy Advisor, Ministry of
State for Environment Affairs
Leading organisations sponsoring the event include gold sponsor Siemens
and associate sponsors Vestas, GL Garrad Hassan, Goldwind, SGS, Gamesa.
For more information on this topic and conference visit
Media Contact: Delcy D'souza, Marketing Manager, IQPC Dubai, delcy.dsouza at iqpc.ae, +971-4-360-2903
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