According to an Eskom August 2022 press release, Eskom is partnering with the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that outlines their joint intention to work together with the aim of developing artisanal renewable energy skills in South Africa. The partnership forms part of Eskom’s Just Energy Transition (JET) strategy and commitment towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) that focuses on enabling clean and affordable energy for all by 2030.
“Eskom has developed a comprehensive JET Strategy which places equal importance on the transition to lower carbon technologies, and the ability to do so in a manner that is ‘just’. In support of this strategy, Eskom has a pipeline of clean energy projects at various stages of development and recognises that there is a dire lack of skills along the value chain,” said Eskom.
Eskom also confirms that SARETEC is the ideal partner for this initiative:
“SARETEC has, since its inception, established itself not only as a renewable energy subject matter expert but significantly contributed to the national skills pool of artisans and technicians with a special focus on wind and solar. SARETEC will support Eskom for the next 36 months to establish a similar renewable energy Training Facility fit for purpose to train artisans and technicians at Eskom’s Komati Power Station,” said Eskom.
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