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|Jasandra Nyker (Chairperson of SAWEA and CEO of BioTherm Energy), Dipuo Peters (Minister of Energy South Africa), Wendy Green (Cennergi), Chikoma Kazunga (Cennergi).|
The South African Wind Energy Association’s Industry Awards were introduced for the first time this year at the second annual South African wind conference, Windaba, jointly organized by SAWEA and its partner, the Global Energy Wind Council, (GEWC). The conference was held on October 22nd to 24th in Cape Town. Johan van den Berg CEO of SAWEA explained that these awards were introduced to honor exceptional performance by companies and individuals in the wind sector.
This year, independent power producer Cennergi received an award for its contribution to the wind industry in South Africa. Cennergi’s target is to become the leading independent power producer in Southern Africa. The company pursues an aspirational grid emissions factor between 0.3 and 0.5 – lower than the carbon footprint of the region. Cennergi is committed to generating cleaner energy through a mixed portfolio of generation assets including wind, solar, hydro, coal, and co-generation.
After accepting the award at the conference’s gala dinner function, Cennergi’s Wendy Green commented, “It was a proud moment which confirms the positive role that Cennergi is playing in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP).”
On May 2012, the South African government’s Department of Energy announced that two wind farm projects, one in the Tsitsikamma region of the Eastern Cape—The Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm—and the other in the Bedford/Cookhouse regions of the Eastern Cape—The Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm—submitted by Cennergi had received “preferred bidder status” in the second window of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme.
Cennergi’s management is confident about the project’s future. Cennergi CEO, Thomas Garner, said, “These projects add great value to Cennergi’s expanding portfolio of renewable projects and are good examples of the potential that the renewable sector has to deliver lasting sustainable benefits to local communities and to the country.”
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