Social impact study of the training provided in the Touwsriver Training faculty

Client: Soitec

Period: 2011 – 2014

Project leader: Bothwell Batidzirai

Project team: Bothwell Batidzirai, Holle Wlokas

This study evaluated the impacts of integrating local socio-economic development into renewable energy projects as required under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement programme. As a voluntary contribution to developing the Touws River community during the construction of its solar CPV plant in the area, Soitec developed the “South Africa CPV training programme”, targeting solar energy technology skills development. This initiative was undertaken in collaboration with Northlink (a technical training institute), DEG (Germany) co-funding the training and the Energy Research Centre supporting the design of the training and evaluation of impacts.