SA renewables sector unveils skills development programme
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) have come together to launch an innovative programme to drive change, enhance the local skills base and ensure South Africa reaps the full benefits of a decarbonised economy.
Niveshen Govender, SAPVIA COO explained, “Historically we have relied on much-needed foreign investment and know-how, but the time has come for South Africans to step up and step into the role of developer. We have so much to gain by empowering local communities and upskilling individuals across the RE value chain.”
The Developing Developers programme, which launched 17th September with more than 600 participants in attendance, is designed to address the gaps in the local industry and ensure effective knowledge sharing across the value chain of South Africa’s nascent renewables sector. “We have set ambitious targets for the growth of renewables, with wind and solar PV set to take precedence in the low-carbon and renewable economy. The potential for South Africa is unprecedented, not least the potential financial rewards that could be reaped on both an individual and collective level,” said SAWEA CEO, Ntombifuthi Ntuli.
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