From 26 to 29 March the Trade Office of the Embassy of Israel in South Africa hosted a delegation of 14 Israeli energy solution companies who specialise in renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions.
South Africa is currently implementing a variety of solutions to meet its energy needs.These include renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions
The South African Department of Energy has determined that 3 725 megawatts (MW) of power needs to be generated through IPPs from Renewable Energy sources in order to ensure the continued uninterrupted supply of electricity. The first and second rounds of bidding closed in November and March respectively with the third, and possibly, final round closing in August.
South Africa’s energy consumption is currently running at very close to capacity and Eskom has set aside a budget of R5 billion for energy saving solutions that will significantly reduce the demand on the grid. In 2012 Eskom are looking to reduce the load on the grid by 1 000 MW using smartgrid, solar water heating and other energy usage reducing solutions.
The companies were:
The delegation started their visit with meetings with key role players at Eskom which proved to be very fruitful. Senior officials from Eskom from the Renewable energy Division, Demand Side Management, Transmission and IT participated in the seminar and had one on one meetings with the Israeli companies.
The delegation then had meetings with major energy users such as Nestle, ArcelorMital, and other companies such as Medi-Clinic and Sun International. On the Tuesday and Wednesday the delegation exhibited at Power and Electricity World Africa where we hosted a renewable energy and energy efficiency pavilion.
Meetings were held with the electricity departments of major municipalities in Gauteng. A number of meetings were held with developers of renewable energy power plants.
In total over 250 meetings were organized for members of the delegation resulting in several pilot projects and distribution agreements being agreed upon already and we are expecting many more.