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It would appear that the renewables industry in South Africa is about to get back into full swing after President Zuma’s directive to Eskom, during his State of the Nation address, to sign outstanding PPAs and Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s engagement with Eskom and Nersa.
As of January 2017, Eskom has connected 62 IPP projects as part of the Department of Energy's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (REIPP) and Peaker programmes. According to Eskom, the projects have cumulatively added 4 200 MW of generation capacity to the grid. There are those who believe that South Africa should be wary of unproven claims that total reliance on variable renewable energy sources is feasible but, in spite of detractors, investment into renewables is picking up again on the back of the revival of the IPP programme.
Personality of the Month
Dieter Dilchert, a well-known businessman and entrepreneur, has played a prominent role in building the renewables industry in South Africa and lists as his greatest accomplishment the design and project management of the DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs) PV plant system. Dieter, who is of the opinion that one of the biggest challenges facing the PV industry at this time is a lack of knowledge and understanding of PV solar systems, founded a training institute for solar and wind energy installations and has had a significant influence on training and skills development within this industry.
This month, the inimitable Terry Mackenzie Hoy apologises to our readers for a mistake in a previous column, thanks Kevin Welch of UIC Automation (Pty) Ltd. for pointing out the error and then moves on to discuss electric motors, more specifically single phase motors.
Every work environment has its own physical and cultural attributes and Nick du Plessis reminds us of the value of conducting an aptitude test to identify an individual’s interests, abilities and personality characteristics in order to determine whether or not he or she is a good fit for a specific job and for a particular work place. Conducting an aptitude test on a prospective candidate for a job, and determining his or her suitability for the post increases the likelihood of job satisfaction for the candidate; and job satisfaction is more likely to lead to good performance.
In ‘Getting to grips with SANS 10142-1’, Hannes Baard unpicks Regulation 11: Application for registration as a registered person. Having applied to the chief inspector, the applicant needs to illustrate sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical experience. By way of example, Hannes outlines three possible ways of satisfying the registration criteria.
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