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Autocast South Africa enters renewable energy deal with Etana Energy

Evan Rice - CEO Etana Energy

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Autocast South Africa, has become the first of more than 30 Nelson Mandela Bay companies to benefit from a renewable power supply deal with Etana Energy, a majority black-owned electricity trading company.

Executive director David Mertens said in a statement on Tuesday that they partnered with Etana to access “clean, cost-effective wind-powered energy.”

He said this approach was aligned with their sustainability goals, would reduce their environmental footprint and ensure predictable energy costs while providing long-term stability.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber said the renewable energy supply programme was borne out of the need for high-energy users to find a common solution for procuring clean power.

Chamber CEO, Denise van Huysteen, said after a rigorous selection process, facilitated by their Renewable Energy Cluster, Etana Energy was selected as the preferred supplier.

“The Chamber has adopted the cluster approach to enable the Bay’s businesses to combine resources to develop and implement solutions for a range of issues - from energy through to water and sanitation, among other aspects that affect the business environment,” she said.

Etana CEO, Evan Rice, noted that the transaction would not have been possible without the commitment and support of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

He said this reflected the city’s “longstanding visionary approach to energy” adding that their “positive experience with the municipal leadership in Nelson Mandela Bay is a reminder of how much can be done if we work together.”