Inaugural Renewable Energy World Africa Conference

Renewable Energy World Africa is an inaugural conference and exhibition under the theme of ‘Global Technology for Local Solution’, taking place from 6‐8 November 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Local and international experts will lift the veil on what’s feasible, practical and possible in terms of renewable energy, in a programme designed by an Advisory Board of African power industry experts.  

Renewable Energy World Conference Africa 2012Africa has enviable access to vast natural, renewable sources of clean energy, along with a phenomenal need for energy to drive its economic growth and to meet the aspirations of a growing and urbanising population. The solution to this energy need is therefore well within the continent’s reach and Renewable Energy World Africa is the platform that will encourage the kind of networking, knowledge sharing and partnerships that will successfully advance these goals in sub-Saharan Africa”, says Nigel Blackaby, Renewable Energy World Africa Event Director & Director Conference for PennWell’s International Power Group.

The event opens on Tuesday, 6 November with a joint keynote session that is open to all attendees of Renewable Energy World Africa and POWER-GEN Africa. Nigel Blackaby will deliver the introduction and opening remarks, followed by speakers Ms. Elizabeth Dipuo, South Africa’s Minister of Energy and Mr. Brian Dames, CEO of Eskom, South Africa.   This will be followed by a joint plenary panel discussion on ‘Powering Africa’s Growth – The Energy Challenge Ahead’, and will give industry role players, stakeholders and practitioners the chance to voice their views about current policies and the future direction of the power sector within sub-Saharan Africa.

The conference will include a look at renewable energy policies for sustainable development in Africa, wind project development, hydropower (looking at both new development opportunities as well as rehabilitation of existing plants) plus sessions on the future for geothermal energy and bio-energy development. The final day of the conference, features a session examining ‘Energy to the People – Rural Electrification from Renewable Energy Sources’, before closing with a look at ‘Creating and Maintaining a Strong Solar Industry in Africa’.  

Nigel Blackaby concludes that “we are standing on the brink of a new era, where renewable energy is a viable, sustainable solution to meet world energy demands and Africa is well placed to play a significant role in this cutting‐edge field, while meeting its own very pressing energy needs”.

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