Jane Reddick

Co-founder, Aurora Power Solutions

In 2008 a 25-year-old Jane Reddick started a renewable energy
initiative, Aurora Power Solutions, with three other partners. The
company's aim is to be one of the fi rst independent power producers in
South Africa to develop large-scale solar power projects � and it's well
on its way to success: the group has already secured some investment
cash from a multinational private equity fi rm.
Reddick holds a fi rst-class honours in chemical engineering
from the university of Cape Town and was awarded the Sasol "in
recognition of excellence� award in 2004. She went on to complete
her master's degree, focusing on pollution reduction in the
coal-mining industry. She was also awarded the Magdalene Mandela
Scholarship to do a second master's in engineering for sustainable
Development at Cambridge university, before bringing her
expertise back to South Africa.
"Government is going to pay
developers a premium to develop
solar energy,� Reddick says. "But the
bid for funding is yet to be opened
up.� When it is, it will mean great
things for Aurora's work, and for the
future of sustainable energy in
South Africa. � Lisa Steyn

Lunch spot: Newport Deli, Green Point, Cape Town