Training and human capital development for wind energy sector
SAWEP is currently providing stipend and course fees for 24 students undergoing formal SAQA accredited Wind Turbine Service Technician (WTST) training, which includes 2 months’ work placement.
The course is only available from South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) at the Faculty of Engineering of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
The SAWEP support will be monitoring industry uptake six months after graduation, though it is expected that with the quality of training received that students will be absorbed by the REIPPPP Bid Window 4 wind IPPs.
Through a SAWEP study an integrated model, comprising of energy production, revenue and macro economy modules, to estimate development impact of South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) was built.
The main objectives of WASA is to develop, verify and employ numerical wind atlas methods and develop capacity to enable large scale of exploitation of wind energy in South Africa.
SAWEP is supporting, through the CSIR Energy Centre, Upper Blinkwater (UB) Minigrid project (comprising of 75 kWp PV and 20 kW diesel generator) to assess wind resource and integration of small-scale wind turbines and monitors impact in terms of service delivery and energy savings.