EGP RSA Site Manager, Geoffrey Potloane, explains the complex workings of a solar plant to learners from Panorama Combined School on a site tour of the Pulida Solar Plant in the Free State Province.
To celebrate National Science Week, which took place from 07 to 11 August, Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) opened the doors to its Pulida solar plant in the Free State to learners from surrounding schools, to showcase the operations of a solar plant.
The site tours to Pulida exposed learners from the Letsemeng Municipality to the world of energy science so they could gain more knowledge about the different careers available in the science fields.
The participating schools included Ikanyegeng Combined School, Panorama Combined School, Phambili Primary School and Holpan Primary School.
Kenny Mohajane, Programme Coordinator for the Department of Education in Free State, said the site visits were valuable as they exposed learners to projects they may not ordinarily have been exposed to.
“The interest from the learners in the solar plant is encouraging to see. They are learning about new technologies, and gaining a better understanding about renewable energy. We have heard from a few of the learners that they are now interested in a career choice in this field, which is positive for the development of scarce skills in the future,” he said.
Bernard Oliphant, a learner from Panorama Combined School, said he had learnt things about energy that he never knew before. “I enjoy this field, and I have dreams to one day become an engineer.”
Delano Kantwani, also from Panorama Combined School, said he had learnt how to create energy at the plant, and it completely changed his perspective on science. “Science has taught me so much about the world, and how things work. I would like to pursue a career as an engineer, and today’s experience has further fuelled this dream and opened my eyes to the possibilities.”
EGP RSA’s Head of HR and Organisation for Sub-Saharan Africa, Zoliswa Tshetshe, said EGP RSA encourages young people to consider a career in the renewables industry in South Africa.
“In South Africa, renewable energy is still largely underexposed and its benefits are not as clearly defined. We have a huge task ahead to profile the industry and to grow it, and initiatives such as these help to generate an interest in renewable energy,” said Zoliswa.
Aside from encouraging young people to enter the renewable energy space as a career path, EGP RSA takes pride in profiling the company’s ethical journey to young people.
“We do business in an ethical way that protects and preserves our environment. Not only are we providing young professionals exposure to a specialised industry that will grow and challenge their skills, but we are giving them an opportunity to be part of a sustainable business that is good to the environment and to the community,” said Zoliswa.