The official launch of South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) at the Cape Peninsula University Technology (CPUT), in Cape Town took place this week.
SARETEC was brought to fruition in 2012, by a strategic partnership between Nordex, the Department of Higher Education and Training, the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
Training wind turbine services technicians and photovoltaic (PV) technicians, the centre is supplying specialised skills for the growing renewable energy industry in South Africa.
The internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme is South Africa’s first formal qualification in the wind sector. Students receive seven months of practical training and theory that includes two months of in-service training on a wind farm.
Wind Turbine Service Technicians are responsible for the service, maintenance and repair of wind turbines. They inspect, diagnose, maintain, and adjust wind turbines, managing electrical and mechanical wind turbine operations.
Nordex South Africa managing director, Anne Henschel, commented: “The South African wind industry is growing and with new wind farms coming online in 2020, a major challenge is to develop people with the right skills to carry this industry forward. Through good professional education, the training centre significantly boosts the creation of jobs.”