Commend Initiators of New Solar Energy Project in South Africa

Target: Ms. Nosipho Ngcaba, Director of South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs

Goal: Commend energy groups for their collaborative efforts on new solar projects in South Africa.

A consortium of energy groups led by Mainstream Renewable Power is developing two solar installation sites at the Northern Cape of South Africa set to be operational by mid-2014. These 100MW solar plants are among the first ventures to be approved by South Africa’s new renewable energy program. Applaud these groups’ cooperative effort to bring clean energy to the country.

Three organizations are involved in the implementation of these new sites. Suntech Power Holdings Co., one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, will be supplying the actual panels for the projects. Siemens, renowned for its engineering expertise, will design and construct the plants themselves. Mainstream Renewable Power is spearheading the endeavor from an organization standpoint, and will operate the facilities upon completion.

These plans have been granted licenses under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), which has set the goal of 1.45 GW of new solar energy in the country by the end of 2014, and 8.2 GW by 2030. All the environmental entities involved are coming together to reach this goal. Suntech’s executive chairman and founder, Dr. Zhengrong Shi, said, “With rapid cost declines over the past decade, solar is not only environmentally friendly, but also cost competitive with many other forms of energy generation. We are confident that South Africa’s clear renewable energy policy will provide a blueprint for other companies in the region.”

These new solar projects are undoubtedly an excellent development for South Africa. The efforts of these three companies coordinating to move towards a more sustainable future for the country are praiseworthy and deserve to be recognized. Sign this petition to urge South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs to commend these companies for their work towards cleaner energy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Ngcaba,

Mainstream Renewable Power is spearheading the development of new solar plants in South Africa along with the cooperation of Suntech Power Holdings Co. and Siemens. These projects are planned for the Northern Cape of the country and will provide approximately 100MW of new solar energy by mid-2014. This collaborative process is among the first efforts in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).

Each one of these organizations is doing their part to ensure South Africa’s right to a more sustainable future. The joint action of these groups will provide a foundation for the country’s goals towards more clean energy, and set an example for other countries in the region. I urge you to commend the partnership of Mainstream Renewable Power, Suntech Power Holdings Co. and Siemens which will greatly help to preserve and protect South Africa’s environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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