Exploring the business opportunities in the renewable energy sector


“Without a clear strategy they are certain to fail”

“We have learned from the industry that there are many potential role players for the renewable sector yet without a clear strategy they are certain to fail.”  So says Daniel Swanepoel, lead facilitator of the upcoming course in Business Strategies for Renewable Energies that is taking place from 29-30 October in Johannesburg. The course, presented by the Spintelligent Training Academy, will be interactive and a networking opportunity to help stakeholders identify and exploit regional opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Daniel explains: “knowledge sharing and access to information remain the biggest challenges within the renewable space. It is also a sector that changes constantly with technological advancements yet at the same time one also needs to understand the political environment within target countries. This being said, we will also look at country specific risks or requirements through to sector specific realities, for example, enough irradiation for solar etc. and towards the second day we determine with the delegates a best approach for a possible project within a specific country or sub-sector taking all aspects into consideration.”

Overview of the renewable industry

Daniel Swanepoel has a solid background in corporate banking, is specialised in leadership and management development training in the energy sector on the African continent and consults on power projects.

“We start the course by providing a complete overview of the industry” he says, adding: “this means, by definition, we break it down into the main components of renewables being solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas through to what we call ‘clever technologies’ today. Thereafter we look at possible new trends and lessons learned from other projects. With this as a baseline we start to build a possible business case with the delegates where we analyse perceptions versus the realities and we begin the journey towards a strategic plan for market entry into the renewable space”.

Latest case studies
Daniel Swanepoel says the course in Johannesburg will “certainly include some of the case studies presented at the recent SAIREC 2015 conference in Cape Town and we will also share some learning experiences of other role players in the industry. An important note for potential delegates is that we customise the course two weeks prior to facilitation to ensure we focus within the desired objectives and demographics of our delegates. For example, for East Africa we will certainly look more closely into geothermal energy whereas on the West African side we will explore solar options and others.”

More upcoming courses by the Spintelligent Training Academy:

Power Purchase Agreements
– Lagos, 29 Oct 2015
– Nairobi, 3 Dec 2015

Understanding Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
– Cape Town, 02 Nov 2015

Effective Asset Management and Investment Planning with ISO55000 for the Power Industry
– Johannesburg, 23 Nov 2015
– Lagos, 25 Jan 2016

Financing Power Projects in Africa
– Nairobi, 11 Nov 2015

Power Sector: Continuity Management & Disaster Recovery
– Nairobi, 16 Nov 2015
– Johannesburg, 25 Jan 2016

The following courses are also available in custom tailored courses for utilities, engineering and consulting firms as well as public sector institutions in the energy sector:
–  Meter Planning and Management
–  Contracting EPC Projects and Services
–  Financing Power Projects in Nigeria
–  Effective Financial Modelling in the Power Industry
–  PPP in the Power Industry: Finance and Contracting Methods
–  PPP in the Power Industry: Understanding Regulatory Frameworks
–  Power Purchase Agreements in Africa

Addressing skills needs

The Spintelligent Training Academy is part of Spintelligent Pty, the leading Cape Town-based publisher, trade exhibition and conference organiser. The Academy is active across the continent and was established to address learning, skills and development needs in the energy, utilities and mining industries on the African continent.

Spintelligent is the African office of Clarion Events Ltd which is based in the UK. It has become recognised as a highly successful African event organiser and publisher, with flagship projects in the power, mining, agriculture, defence and education sectors such as African Utility Week, West African Power Industry Convention, African EduWeek, Agritech-Expo, Land Forces Africa and the iPAD infrastructure and mining event franchise.

Source:  http://www.spintelligent-training.com/


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