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Friday, 14 February 2014

SARETEC construction begins

BRICKWORK: An architect’s impression of the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre that will be built on the Bellville Campus BRICKWORK: An architect’s impression of the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre that will be built on the Bellville Campus

Construction on the multi-million Rand South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) on the Bellville Campus is set to get underway soon at the SCANIA site.

SARETEC is a first for the African continent and will train technicians and other staff needed to drive South Africa’s renewable energy sector.

The facility will be a ‘green’ building and will showcase renewable energy and energy efficient technology, thanks to the Department of Higher Education and Training who has allocated R105 million for the construction.

The project has also received support from the German development agency GIZ under the auspices of the South African German Energy Programme as well as from the South African National Energy Development Institute, Green Cape and Nordex.

img saretec news 2MODERN: A rear view of the new facility

CPUT’s Howard Fawkes, who is managing the team responsible for setting up the centre, says they are on track with their plans and hope to complete construction by January 2015.

“We plan to open our doors in early 2015 and will initially focus on technician training for the wind and solar PV industries and also on short courses in the many different fields of renewable energy,” he says.

Fawkes and his team are also concentrating their efforts on developing new qualifications, interim training, industry liaison and obtaining equipment for the facility.

The project includes partnerships with Northlink College and the University of Stellenbosch.

Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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