Renewable energy has considerable potential in South Africa over fossil fuels. For instance, the country has an abundance of sunshine – over 2,500 hours per year, according to the government. Wind energy – both inland and around coastal areas – is another resource that has potential to be a big part of the country's clean energy mix.
If these kinds of resources are to be harnessed, however, a trained and skilled workforce is needed.
The South African Renewable Energy Technology Center (SARETEC) is looking to bolster the country's clean energy ambitions by creating a skilled workforce for the renewable energy industry. Based in Cape Town, SARETEC describes itself as being South Africa's "first national renewable energy technology center."