The objective of the Working for Energy Programme (the Programme) is to provide sustainable clean energy solutions to rural and low income urban communities with special emphasis job creation, skills development and community enterprise development. The Programme targets the youth, women and people with disabilities in rural areas and low income urban communities.
The Programme is strategically aligned to the “New Growth Path” which was launched in November 2010 by the Minister of Economic Development. The latter articulates the need to leverage public procurement, in combination with other policy instruments of Government, to support local manufacturing, especially in value added, tradable and labour intensive industries. Therefore, in line with Government’s commitment to making employment creation the main criterion for economic policy, and in support of the country’s Industrial Policy and Action Plan (IPAP), Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP), and National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF), the Programme is central to a number of identified jobs drivers in the Green Economy which will catalytically increase sustainable Enterprise Development, SMME creation and job creation plus job retention in associated sectors such as agriculture, rural development, social development, health, education, manufacturing, tourism, and other high-level services.
The Programme seeks to use available technologies and develop local skills to harness available renewable energy resources to produce useable energy for the benefit of low income communities.
In order to sustain the Programme through implementation, expansion, maintenance and operation it is important to create awareness of the role of clean energy solutions in the public through strategic interventions. In this regard, awareness and capacity building programmes targeting schools, cooperatives and community structures are being implemented.
In order to begin and sustain the implementation of clean energy interventions in communities, it is important to build capacity and develop skills in targeted communities. Selected practitioners are provided with both accredited and non-accredited skills development interventions relevant to the technologies being provided.
The sustained implementation suggests local skills to build, maintain and operate provided clean energy interventions. The Programme promotes the development of community based cooperatives with the help of relevant departments and state owned companies.
SANEDI is working with the Department of Energy to better integrate the work dome for the betterment of beneficiary communities in which they operate under Community Upliftment and Integrated Energy Centres (IeC) and INEP-Non Grid
SANEDI has partnered with Green Coal Energy to pilot a new patented technology called Torrefaction. Three different product lines are produced, using the technology to convert biomass from invasive alien vegetation, to produce woodchips, wood pellets, and bio-coal (green coal). The green coal is converted in literally 3 minutes, and has a calorific value of 25 MJ/Kg and higher.
An existing plant is operating in Namibia, and plans are under way to expand its current capacity, due to the growing demand from both local and overseas customers. Plans are also in process to design, construct and commission a new Torrefaction Plant in the Western Cape, which will source its raw material from the DEA Working For Water Programme, which is targets the eradication of vast tracts of invasive alien vegetation.
The Green Coal project is sustainable, because it reduces air emissions when burnt in coal-fired power stations. It also creates high numbers of jobs, in line with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). And it lends itself to future downstream manufacture of technology parts and supplies, thereby stimulating the local economy.
Typical roof in a rural area or low income urban Early childhood development centre.
Cool roofs coating at Emmanuel Primary School in Sharpville, Gauteng.
Thusanang Early Childhood Development Centre receiving biogas, solar water heating and efficient lighting, in Suurman, Hammanskraal, Gauteng.
Replacement of the electric geyserschnology intervention. with solar water geysers supported by a water purification system at the Tygerkloof Combined School in Vryburg, North West Province.
Balloon digester at the Tygerkloof Combined School-Waste to energy as part of the WfE waste to Energy initiative of the EPWP.
Sausage or balloon digester being built in the Melani Village, Eastern Cape.
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