November 2023.

Almost three weeks after the EnergyDrive departed from the Mother City, it has returned to the Western Cape, after visiting 21 schools across the three Cape provinces, with a final stop-over at Swartberg High School. This educational endeavour established by the renewable energy industry, aims to engage, educate, and inspire the next generation’s interest in renewable energy.

Wrapping up its trek across the green energy map, the distinctive yellow bus was greeted with enthusiasm at this Overberg school, having already delighted some 2 000 learners scattered across many other communities already.

“Engaging interactive models that bring to life various renewable technologies, is what makes this edu-tainer so special – bringing together community development and education, seamlessly empowering young minds with knowledge about climate change, energy efficiency, and even sustainable living,” explained Nonini Makhothe, Economic Development Specialist at Klipheuwel Wind Farm, one of the funders of this year’s EnergyDrive.

The EnergyDrive features a container with engaging interactive models that enhance comprehension of various renewable technologies. These exhibits not only promote awareness of renewable energy sources but also address pressing concerns related to climate change. With a solar roof structure, biogas digester, photovoltaic panel display, and a solar hot water unit, the EnergyDrive offers valuable insights into the advantages and applications of renewable energy.

Note: This is an initiative by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and key institutions, including Durban University of Technology (DUT), South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), and the Energy and Water Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA), and the Green Youth Network.