Nokulunga Xala, Hypertext
This week the Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative (SOLTRAIN), in partnership with AEE- Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) from Australia, officially launched two of the largest Sub-Saharan solar systems during an event held at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg.
The project was managed by the centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).
“SANEDI is delighted to be associated with such landmark development that put the SOLTRAIN projects firmly on the renewables table. The successful conference we have just held with SOLTRAIN partners indicates the relevance of this highly successful programme for the SADC renewable energy strategy and the development in successful systems across six countries,” said centre manager of the Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development, Dr Karen Surridge.
According to SOLTRAIN, the first solar plant will be allocated at Wits University where it will provide a heating system for the university’s residence, while the second one will be allocated to the Klein Karoo International (KKI) tannery.