The Atlantis Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) & Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) joined forces to showcase themselves to the wind industry at WINDABA 2021. Celebrating its 10th year in existence, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) this year focused on the “Renaissance of the Wind Energy Industry Delivering Economic Benefits for SA”.
WINDABA 2021, supported by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), is aligned with the government’s renewed determination for renewable and other energy technologies. This theme heralds an opportunity for all stakeholders to reap alternative energy sources’ economic and sustainability benefits.
The WINDABA conference also provides an opportunity to obtain important worldwide market insight into current technological developments in wind energy generation while promoting the Western Cape as a “green-tech” hub for future economic prosperity said Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
The conference attracts more than 600 participants and industry exhibitors each year. WINDABA provides myriad chances to interact with consumers, stakeholders and colleagues to build a more robust African wind energy sector. Since the launch of the government’s REIPPP programme in 2012, wind-power projects have attracted more than R80 billion in investments, trained and graduated 100 wind-turbine technicians and created 30 000 job years. The revival of the REIPPP programme provides a solid platform on which to expand these achievements.
Beneficiary communities across the country have been empowered by this, which is why the Atlantic Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) and the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) have partnered to present a united front for presenting the Western Cape as a preferred destination for wind turbine manufacturing and installation. The conference gives both an opportunity to inform the industry and other stakeholders of expertise in the industry and its ability to grow investment in the manufacturing, servicing and supply chain sectors.
“SEZs cannot exist in isolation,” said ASEZ Acting CEO Pierre Voges. “Each has its own value to offer. Part of our strategy is to find complementary ways to promote a region. Such collaboration is a sure-fire way to promote economic growth and improve quality of life. We believe our partnerships with organisations such as InvestSA, Wesgro and GreenCape make Western Cape SEZs more competitive globally.”