DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DoE) TO LAUNCH HIGH-RESOLUTION WIND RESOURCE MAP AT WIND ATLAS FOR SA (WASA) SEMINAR IN EAST LONDON

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DoE) TO LAUNCH HIGH-RESOLUTION WIND RESOURCE MAP AT WIND ATLAS FOR SA (WASA) SEMINAR IN EAST LONDON

The WASA 2 Seminar is hosted by the DoE in partnership with the SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute), Royal Danish Embassy, and the United Nations Development Programme, in East London, Eastern Cape Province.  WASA 2 is a component of the second phase of the South African Wind Energy Programme (SAWEP 2) funded by the Global Environment Facility through UNDP SA country office.

Mr Ompi Aphane, Acting Director-General will deliver the keynote address and launch the WASA High-Resolution Wind Resource Map at the Wind Atlas for South Africa 2 (WASA 2).  The WASA 2 Seminar will also include addresses by Mr Jørgen Erik Larse, Counsellor – Water, Energy, Research and Innovation at the Embassy of Denmark in SA and UNDP Resident Representative Mr Walid Badawi.   

The seminar coincides with the ten-year-anniversary of the WASA project and will therefore celebrate the ground-breaking achievements of the project over the years. It will culminate with the launch of the High Resolution Wind Energy Resource Map. Additional WASA 2 Seminar topics include results from WASA 2, application and introduction to WASA 3.

Media are invited to attend the seminar as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 10 April

Time: 9:30 – 16:00

Venue: East London International Convention Centre (EICC)

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The WASA constitutes one of the most critical elements of SA’s renewable energy efforts. Thanks to WASA, the country has developed an excellent wind resource assessment capability which allows for the planning of large-scale exploitation of wind power.

Issued by SANEDI on behalf of the Department of Energy

For enquiries and rsvp, please contact:

Sasha Endemann, 011 484 7663/  082 805 6302

sasha@lithacommunications.co.za/ mediadesk@energy.gov.za