Brightened prospects in Touws River, thanks to renewable energy

Solar Panel close-up

Solar Panel close-up in sunlight (State Department)

Knowledge Pele is a road to jobs in Touws River, and the jobs are at the Touws River CPV1 solar power plant just a few miles from this small railway town in a rural area of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Touws River became an economically depressed area after the railway closed. Knowledge Pele, a part of the Pele Energy Group, has helped uplift the community by training workers in vocational skills.

The Touws River SE.ED project readies workers by giving basic electrical training so they can service solar panels at the plant. Advanced training is available if they want to learn more.

Resident Russell Johnson says, “Renewable energy is an opportunity for growth.”