Dr Andries van der Linde is credited with pioneering the South African wind energy industry and he was instrumental in signing the first South African PPA in1996. This resulted in the first fully commercial wind farm being developed in South Africa. He has vast experience as an energy specialist working with and for government, private companies, the World Bank and GEF. Andries has a Master’s in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He is also a Master Electrician and a registered electrical technologist.