Renewable energy platform for South Africa

August 5th, 2015, Published in Articles: Energize


The International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), a global platform for the advancement of renewable energy, is coming to South Africa. Hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) in conjunction with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 4 – 7 October 2015.

Under the theme, “RE-energising Africa”, SAIREC 2015 is an opportunity to demonstrate why Africa is the business destination for the renewable energy sector. Comprising a conference, exhibition and a series of side events, SAIREC is expected to attract 140 ministers from around the world as well as renewable energy leaders in government, the private sector and civil society.

Since the commencement of South Africa’s renewable energy independent power producer programme (REIPPP), the DoE has connected 37 projects (primarily solar and wind) and procured 5243 MW of power in four bid windows. Of that, 1827 MW is now connected to the grid. In addition, 13 projects announced by energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on 24 April 2015 will add another 1084 MW to the grid when completed. In all the investment by the private sector in this programme currently stands at R193-billion.

For more information on the programme, speakers list, or free registration, visit

Contact Gareth Burley, SAEEC, 018 293-1499,


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