Motheo Seleke is a champion for the inclusion of emerging black clean energy entrepreneurs into the economic mainstream. He is a founding member of the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs Forum (South Africa), also known as REEF(SA), an empowering national network that supports and develops a successful transition to clean and affordable renewable energy, with a focus on previously disadvantaged communities.
“We advocate and lobby for accelerated economic inclusion, skills development and job creation,” he says. “We empower people in the renewable energy space through business and employment, and we provide the means to study to remove barriers so they can grow in the industry.”
Sustainability and clean energy have always been passion points for Seleke, who is an alumnus of the Wildlife Film Academy and also the founder of his own consultancy firm, EnergyBlue. The firm offers support for public and private sector clients who want to use solar and wind system solutions as reliable energy sources. “An exciting project we’re working on at the moment is an early adopter programme that helps the public sector solarise government buildings,” says Seleke.
His main motivation is encouraging the participation of black emerging clean energy entrepreneurs — in the Northern Cape there are 59 Renewable Energy Power Producer Procurement Programme (REI4P) projects alone. The REI4P is a government effort launched in 2011 with the primary goal of diversifying South Africa’s energy mix.
In the future, he hopes to see diverse stakeholders make more of an effort to upskill black youth and women when it comes to clean energy installations, and the acceleration of rooftop solar power as an economic driver in South Africa’s townships.
“We empower people in the renewable energy space through business and employment, and we provide the means to study to remove barriers so they can grow in the industry.”