The South African market has grown out of the government’s national procurement programme (REI4P) and serves as a launching pad for those serious about doing business on the African continent.  2018 is a year of recovery and consolidation, as positive market sentiment returns, following a difficult period for stakeholders active in the domestic wind energy market.

This year, the Windaba conference and exhibition theme is: ‘Investment for an Integrated Power Transition.’ Three discussion tracks will pivot on domestic, continental and global investment perspectives, all of which impact on the sustainability of the South African wind market. Read more

Windaba, taking place this year from 7-8 November in Cape Town, is organised annually by GWEC and the South African Wind Energy Association, preceded by its acadamic sister conference WindAc Africa on 5-6 November. Windaba continues to be the place to go to hear about current planning & policy, and to meet the major established manufacturers, emerging supply chain representatives and senior government officials.

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – we’ll be holding a ‘Doing Business In … South Africa’ webcast on 9 October at 3pm CEST to provide some preliminary information of the wind market. Further information will be available soon, but if you’d like to be informed when registration for the webcast opens, then please sign up here []

New Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review

CanWEA has developed a Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review (Review) to provide the wind industry, policy makers, and other stakeholders with a scientific and ecological approach to supporting renewable energy production while minimizing the potential for impact to bats. The Review objectively summarizes the body of scientific and practical knowledge gained over the last several decades regarding wind energy and bats. By consulting the Review, it is anticipated that the wind industry and other stakeholders will be better positioned to make decisions using sustainable, science-based approaches to wind turbine siting and bat impact mitigation measures. 

News release:

Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Review:

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:

Ameera Shivji, Public Affairs Advisor, Prairies

Canadian Wind Energy Association

Mobile: 403-815-1407

[email protected]

The Annual Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Calgary, October 23-25, 2019.

The Annual Canadian Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition is the meeting point for all members of the wind energy industry – top business executives, technical experts, decision and policy makers, and government representatives – to come together and address the key issues facing the industry today.

Premier exhibiting companies will present their cutting-edge technology and innovations that will help solve the industry’s biggest problems and pave the way for a more efficient, effective, and sustainable energy future.

This year’s conference will host close to 1,500 attendees representing a wide range of interests, including project developers, manufacturers, federal, provincial and municipal governments, utilities, consultants, communities and students.

The CanWEA Annual Conference & Exhibition

October 23-25, 2018

BMO Centre, Calgary, Alberta

Link to learn more & register:

Google signs 190 MW of wind PPAs in Finland

Internet giant Google today said it has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) to buy electricity from three new wind farms in Finland with a combined capacity of 190 MW.

The deals have been agreed with renewable energy developers CPC, Neoen and WPD and are for projects that will not benefit from government subsidies. Google said this is the first time it purchases subsidy-free renewable energy in Europe, which shows that renewables are cost competitive with grid power in an increasing number of locations. Read more:

CPC to build 50 MW subsidy-free wind farm in Finland

Developer CPC Finland will proceed with a planned 50 MW wind farm in southwest Finland without the need for subsidies. Construction on the 12-turbine facility in Isojoki would start in September, the firm – a subsidiary of the German renewables developer – added, eyeing completion in autumn 2019. Read more:

Representatives of the renewable associations of France, Portugal and Denmark will analyze the experiences of these countries on wind farms´ life extension and repowering at the Spanish Wind Energy Association´s event on October 9th in Madrid. This international vision will offer an exchange of experiences to the participants of the 3rd International Summit on Wind Farms´ Life Extension, as well as different perspectives for producers and technologists. Do not miss out on this event and register now. More information at

The future of wind farms in operation is closely linked to regulatory conditions but also to resources and technologies. The last session of AEE´s conference will analyze the state of the art of three countries that, together with Germany, have a similar situation, which can be used to evaluate strategic lines and possible collaborations with Spanish companies.

Olivier Perot, CEO of France Energie Eolienne; José Medeiros, Secretary General of the Portuguese renewable association APREN; and Jakob Juul, Head of Division of Danish Energy Agency, will analyze the following topics in one of the round tables of the event:

  • Specific regulations for repowering
  • Treatment of life extension: diagnostic procedures, incidence in the operation of wind farms
  • Exchange of experiences, integrated supplies

Opening speech by General Secretary of Industry and SMEs

The General Secretary of Industry and SMEs of the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Raúl Blanco Díaz, will open this event. Rocío Sicre, AEE´s President, will also be in this inaugural session, highlighting that the mission of this event is to share projects and experiences by different agents of the wind sector on operational improvements, repowering and life extension of wind farms.

Promoters, manufacturers, researchers and technicians from national and international wind energy sector will take part in this third edition of the event and they will discuss how to solve the aging of wind farms in Spain in order to maintain its efficiency and long-term profitability. Attendees will exchange their proposals regarding the operational improvement and repowering of wind farms in Spain.

The program of conferences has the confirmation of relevant speakers within the wind energy sector who will participate in the following round tables:

  • Increase in production of existing wind farms, low cost solutions
  • Maintenance improvements of wind farms
  • Operational improvement of wind farms
  • The repowering of wind farms
    • Second-hand market management
    • Regulatory issues that influence repowering
    • Business decision-making strategies
  • Specific solutions for the improvement of transmission and step control systems
  • Implications in business management for life extension of wind farms
  • The experience in other countries

Click here to see the program.

The 3rd edition of Wind Farms´ Life Extension Summit will have the participation, as speakers and attendants, of different members of companies in the wind energy sector. At the conferences board will participate, among others, Aeroblade, Aracnocóptero, Cepsa, DEIF, DNV GL, EDP Renováveis, Endesa, Greenbyte, RIVI Group, Technological Institute of the Canary Islands, Isotrol, Lloyd’s Registers, Moove Lubricants, NEM Solutions, Revergy , Senvion, Siemens Gamesa, Tecnalia, UL and Vestas.

The attendance of representatives from different companies and interest groups of the wind energy sector, turns this event into a great opportunity for your company to gain visibility through the sponsorship modality. Iberdrola and Siemens Gamesa, are VIP sponsors; and Cepsa, UL and Moove Lubricantes, are already partners of the event. During the summit, we will have the ‘Corporate Corner’ which is an exhibition space of business booths where companies can inform attendees about their products and services as well as do networking. The companies that have already confirmed their participation are ABB, Green Eagle Solutions, Octocom, Senvion and Vestas.

Get more information about this event and register here.