Germany energy firm Nordex has committed to help the development of wind energy in South Africa through job creation, cutting edge technology and skills development.
Anne Henschel, Nordex Energy South Africa Managing Director, said that Nordex wants to participate in the growth of the wind power sector by supporting the government’s efforts of creating an enabling environment for the sector through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPP) program.
“Nordex recognises the South African government’s efforts through REIPP to create an enabling environment whereby historically disadvantaged groups may participate in the growth of the wind power sector,” she said.
Henschel spoke at WINDABA 2014, the 4th annual wind industry conference organised by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).
Nordex, a German wind-turbine manufacturer, engages with industry leaders and South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry to support the local wind power sector through job creation, continuous supply of cutting edge technology and skills development.
“As a multinational, Nordex is mutually aligned to this goal and is helping to create jobs, developing skills, is committed to employment equity, follows preferential procurement processes for suppliers and is helping to transfer global knowledge to local educational institutions,” observed Henschel.
Nordex opened its South African office in Cape Town in 2011 and currently employs 40 people in the technical, sales and service areas at its three wind farm site.
The Nordex Trust has been established with a 20 per cent shareholding of Nordex South Africa to promote socio-economic development, BEE ownership and local social innovation in the sector.
“The Nordex Trust assists historically disadvantaged and marginalised people in South Africa to gain access to education and training skills in order to facilitate their participation in the economy,” said Henschel.
In June, Nordex donated a decommissioned wind turbine to Cape Peninsula Technikon (CPUT) Bellville Campus to support the roll-out of an educational curriculum in renewable energy for engineering students.
The company controls 20 per cent of the South African market, making it one of the country’s top three players in the sector.
As one of the technological leaders in multi-megawatt wind turbines, the 30-year old German-listed company has installed a total of approximately 6,100 turbines with an aggregate capacity of more than 10,000 MW producing clean energy around the world.