WORKING FOR ENERGY PROGRAMME
ORIGINS OF THE WORKING FOR ENERGY PROGRAMME
Mandate of the Department of Energy.
Set in a predominantly grid based environment of the Integrated
National Electrification Programme.
Set to demonstrate the application of renewable energy to address
energy poverty in far flung areas
Flows from the Working for Water Programme’s removal of invasive
and alien species programme for energy production.
Essential element of job creation drive of Government under the
incentivised Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
Targeting the youth, women, people with disabilities.
Focusing in rural areas (and low income peri-urban areas).
MANDATE OF THE WORKING FOR ENERGY PROGRAMME
Renewable Energy
The Working for Energy Programme is aimed :
– Applied Research
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Research into the availability and sustainability of renewable energy resources in
targeted areas (rural areas and low income urban areas);
Emerging Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technologies
– Demonstration of Renewable Energy Technology Applications
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Biomass to energy initiatives from invasive alien plants and bush encroachment;
Production of charcoal derived in an environmentally friendly manner from invasive
alien plants and grasses;
Biomass to bioenergy (biogas) derived from agricultural waste for rural and nonmunicipal commercial application
Development of mini-grid hybrid and smart grid systems fed from various renewable
based resources;
Mini-hydro systems and run-of-river schemes for non-grid applications.
Solar powered electricity generation systems for small scale and minigrid based
systems.
Waste to energy from municipal and non-municipal solid waste and sewage treatment
facilities;
Small wind generation for non-grid applications, and
Other alternative fuel sources for low cost housing, space heating, cooking and water
heating.
MANDATE OF THE WORKING FOR ENERGY PROGRAMME
Energy Saving Initiatives
– Energy management planning and methodology framework for social facilities,
homes and SMME businesses, including solar passive design;
– Thermal efficiency and energy management for the development and installation
of biomass insulation and other materials for application in poor or rural
households, subject to SABS approval;
– Alternative uses of biomass
– Energy management planning methodology and framework for the provision of
energy (and water saving technologies, water loss management and leakage
monitoring and control as part of energy saving initiatives).
– Research studies for energy poverty eradication, sustainable feedstock
provisions and alternative fuel sources for low cost housing’s low carbon space
heating, cooking and water heating.
– Working for Energy Outreach
ORIGINAL WORKING FOR ENERGY PROJECTS
Incentivised Projects Until 2012/13
Project Type
Location
Status
Bioenergy Cluster
Eastern Cape (Alice, Fort
Cox and Melani Village)
•Fort Cox-Reticulation Incomplete
•Melani Village-leaking outlet tank
Bioenergy Cluster
Western Cape (Phillipi)
•Insufficient Biomas
•Unworkable mobile gas transportation system.
•Relook at sustainable biomass supply options
Feasibility study on the
Greening of Robben Island
Western Cape
•No Stakeholder (RIM Council, DAC, DPW, DoE)
Agreement.
•Ministerial Directive to re-direct funds to schools
ands clinics
Bioenergy to Power
Bela-Bela
•No PPA with Eskom, No Wheeling Agreement
•Insufficient revenue to sustain phase 1 and enable
phase 2
Carbon Fuel Tablet
Pretoria West Power
Station
Slow Service Provider Response
Concentrated Photo Voltaic
(CPV) Plant
Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal
•CPV Plant developed and connected to the Ethekwini
Municipal Network
•Training of UKZN students to install, maintain and
service the CPV Plants
CURRENT WORKING FOR ENERGY PROJECTS
2013/2014 onwards
Project Type
Purpose
Location
Status
Bioenergy
Cluster Repairs
Generation and utilisation
of biogas for thermal
applications
Eastern Cape
(Alice, Fort Cox
and Melani
Village)
•Work In Process
•Contracts Signed with Fort Cox College for
Repairs and College Students Capacity
Building
•1 bio-digested digester repair and
•Reticulation from 2 bio-digested in the
College campus
Bioenergy
Cluster
Generation and utilisation
of biogas for thermal
applications
Western Cape
(Phillipi)
•Work in Process
Looking at Options to supply biomass and
evacuate biogas produced from 2-biodigestes.
Greening of
Robben Island
Reduction in the
dependency of diesel for
offshore applications
Western Cape
•Projects Canned
•Fund re-directed to Greening of Schools and
Clinics in low income communities
Bioenergy to
Power (Bela
Bela)
Electricity generation
from biogas
Reticulation of biogas for
domestic use
Bela-Bela
•Project Challenged
•Reticulation to neighbouring settlement is
suspended till sustainability of phase 1 is
resolved with stakeholders
CURRENT WORKING FOR ENERGY PROJECTS
2013/2014 onwards
Project Type
Purpose
Location
Status
Melani Village
Biogas Expansion
Generation and utilisation of biogas
for thermal applications
Melani
Village,
Eastern Cape
•Project Ongoing
•Contracts Signed with University of Fort Hare
implementation of project and Capacity Building to
science students in the bioenergy field
•110 Bio-Digesters contracted
Illembe District
Biogas project
Generation and utilisation of biogas
for thermal applications
Illembe
District ,
KwaZulu-Natal
•Project Ongoing
•26 Bio-Digesters contracted
Mpfuneko Biogas
Project
Generation and utilisation of biogas
for thermal applications.
Mpfuneko,
Giyani,
Limpopo
•Project Ongoing
•55 Bio-Digesters contracted
WSU RECORD
Establish RECORD to promote skills
development in RE and EE Studies
Eastern Cape
•Negotiations have stalled
NMMU RECORD
Establish RECORD to promote skills
development in RE and EE Studies
Eastern Cape
•Collaboration on going with RECORD and University
CPUT RECORD
Establish RECORD to promote skills
development in RE and EE Studies
Western Cape
•Collaboration on going with RECORD and University
CURRENT WORKING FOR ENERGY PROJECTS
Project Type
Purpose
Carbon Fuel Tablet
Location
Status
Pretoria West Power
Station
•Slow Response of
the service
Provider
Special Ministerial Projects
Greening of Tshireleco
High School
Demonstrate renewable
energy usage even in
urban areas
Greening of Rural Schools Demonstrate renewable
and Clinics
energy usage even in
urban areas
Galeshewe, Kimberly
Project Ongoing
•SWH,
•Efficient Lighting
and
• Bio-energy
digester
All Provinces
Project Ongoing
•SWH,
•Efficient Lighting
and
• Bio-energy
digester
WORKING FOR ENERGY INITIATIVE
(Partnerships)
SANEDI-SDC
– Joint Funded Project
– Research into the availability, feasibility and sustainability of renewable energy
resources and energy saving measures to address identified energy poverty and
proposed interventions.
WORKING FOR ENERGY INITIATIVE
(Partnerships)
SANEDI-National Development Agency (NDA) Partnership Contract Signed
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Project Type
Development of a partnership to provide food-energy nexus in public and community based
projects
Purpose
Location/ Province
Waste to Energy Hub
Feasibility Study of Using municipal/ non municipal waste
to Energy (co-generation)
KwaZulu-Natal Province
Waste to Energy Hub
Feasibility Study of Using municipal/ non municipal waste
to Energy (co-generation)
Western Cape Province
Greening of Tygerkoof Combined
School
Utilisation of Renewable and Energy Efficient intervention in
Public Facilities
North West Province
Greening of Community Facility
Application of Renewable and Energy Efficient intervention
in a Community Facilities
Mbashe Village, Amathole District
Eastern Cape
Renewable Energy and related
appliance Production
To produce energy from agricultural waste and development
of associated facilities
Ubuhlebezwe Municipality
Sisonke District Municipality KZN
Greening of Thusanang Day Care
Centre
Application of Renewable and Energy Efficient intervention
in a Community Facilities
Gauteng Province
Greening of Agricultural Cooperative
Greening of Community Facilities
Bojanala District Municipality North West
Province
WORKING FOR ENERGY INITIATIVE
(Partnerships) Cont’d
Project Type
Purpose
Location/ Province
Greening of the of the Little Big Soup Cup
Community Project
Greening of the Multi Purpose Community Development
Facility
Lieliesfontein
Northern Cape
Greening of the of the Sabalele
Community
Greening of the Early Childhood Development Facility
Eastern Cape
Greening of Agricultural Cooperative
Greening of Public Facilities
Makhuya Village, Limpopo
WORKING FOR ENERGY INITIATIVE
(Partnerships)
SANEDI-Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development Partnership
– Greening of Schools four new schools in Gauteng Province
– Greening of the Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa Youth and Child Centre
Future Partnerships
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Greening of refurbished schools
Greening of clinics
Green Transport
Waste to Energy
Solar Roof tops
Fuel Substitution
WORKING FOR ENERGY
AWARENESS, CAPACITY BUILDING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
The working for Energy Programme is part of the EPWP, and must fulfil the
following objectives:
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Promotion and advocacy of green technologies
Skills development
Job Creation
and empowerment of vulnerable groups (Youth, women and people with
disabilities).
In future, the Working for Energy Programme will also look at :
– Collaboration with INEP, Integrated Energy Centres (IECs) to determine suitable
new and renewable energy options for hot and arid areas such as the Northern
Cape;
– Green Village Initiatives
– Waste to Energy Options
– Solar Refrigeration
– Solar PV paints
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Other Leading global technologies in partnership with international Energy research
institutes.
CONCLUSIONS
Working for Energy needs to be funded.
There is a need for the Department of Energy to create certainty in SANEDI as to the
sustainability of the Working for Energy Programme in terms of funding.
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SANEDI need to establish a robust internal team to drive the process
Donor funding and partnerships have their limited role.
Working for Energy will naturally have many small and diverse projects across the
country. Its capacity to undertake contract management, procurement management,
monitoring and evaluation and post implementation support needs to be underscored.
Working for energy projects have a mix of technology development, demonstration
and application. These phases will manifest almost in all projects being implemented.
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The work with universities and other research institutions such as:
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Agricultural Research Council
Water Research Council
International Research Institutions
CONCLUSIONS (Cont’d)
There is benefit for SANEDI to form partnerships with organisations mandated to
undertake rural development and poverty alleviation, such as:
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National Development Agency
Department of Environmental Affairs
Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development
Department of Infrastructure and Development
Departments of Human Settlements, etc
To this end, stakeholder management and engagement will form a notable part of the
Programme architecture
It needs to be noted that even if the Working for Energy Programme falls under the
“Working for” Programmes, it is capital intensive and the yields of jobs and skills
development cannot match those of other programmes in the Environment and
Culture Cluster.
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