http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.22Change: -0.23
R/$ = 11.16Change: -0.09
Au 1240.10 $/ozChange: -4.17
Pt 1243.50 $/ozChange: -18.70
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 03, 2013

SA sees growing solar technology opportunities

Back
Photo: Duane Daws
Cape Town|Africa|Design|Eskom|Nuclear|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Systems|Africa|Americas|Asia|Europe|China|Germany|South Africa|Automotive|Energy|Nuclear|Oil|Solar Technologies|Systems|Usable Direct Current Electricity|Chris Haw|Horst Freitag|Indaba|Mikael Hajjar|Power|Ronald Chauke|South Africa|Southern Africa|PV Technology
|Africa|Design|Eskom|Nuclear|Projects|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Systems|Africa|||Automotive|Energy|Nuclear|Systems||Indaba|Power|||
cape-town|africa-company|design|eskom|nuclear-company|projects|renewable-energy|renewable-energy-company|systems-company|africa|americas|asia|europe|china|germany|south-africa|automotive|energy|nuclear-industry-term|oil|solar-technologies|systems|usable-direct-current-electricity|chris-haw|horst-freitag|indaba|mikael-hajjar|power|ronald-chauke|south-africa-region|southern-africa-region|pv-technology
More Insight
© Reuse this



The cost of solar technologies has come down dramatically over the past few years, making this an increasingly viable form of renewable energy for South Africa, attendees at the Solar Indaba were told on Tuesday.

The indaba, being held in Cape Town, has drawn 250 industry executives, government officials, bankers and entrepreneurs from across the South African solar sphere.

“At the beginning of our procurement programme, wind projects were at the forefront of the bidding process. But we soon realised we had to look at it on a broader level,” National Energy Regulator of South Africa Electric Regulatory Reform department head Ronald Chauke said.

He welcomed the huge interest from players in the solar industry.

“Solar photovoltaics (PV) have been driven by a massive price decline. It’s a real game-changer in terms of affordability,” added South African Photovoltaic Industry Association spokesperson Chris Haw.

Solar PV projects comprise multiple PV modules or solar panels, which convert sunlight into usable direct current electricity.

Haw said the price of PV had been slashed ten-fold in the past 20 years, with China, Asia and the Americas dominating the market. PV is seen as relatively stable as it is not subject to fluctuations in oil and other prices.

Figures provided by Greenpeace and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association show that the prices for solar PV systems in Europe fell by about 50% between 2005 and 2010 and are projected to decrease by a further 35% to 50% by 2020.

PV is in its early stages in South Africa. About 30 MW of solar PV had been installed by the end of last year. This is expected to pick up significantly with the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) that has allocated 8 400 MW towards PV technology for big projects.

Coupled with this, Eskom is hoping concentrated solar power (CSP), which uses mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight, will take off in sun-rich Upington, where the basic design has been completed.

“We have to send a clear signal to the market that CSP will be more affordable in the short term,” said Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electric Association spokesperson Mikael Hajjar.

He said the advantage of CSP was that it could produce energy when peak production was needed most and it created more jobs and higher local content than other renewable energies.

“Better price and performance achievements are expected in bid window three of the REIPPPP,” said Hajjar.

German Ambassador to South Africa Dr Horst Freitag spoke about his country’s experience in the renewable-energy space. Germany has been at the forefront of renewable energy since the early 1990s. Around 20% of its electricity is generated from renewables.

The country has also made strategic decisions to completely phase out nuclear energy by 2022. Germany has already shut down eight of its nuclear power plants.

“The key to relatively affordable energy supply is diversification of sources, suppliers and energy supply rates,” said Freitag, who added that South Africa and Germany were working together very closely on renewable-energy projects, including the Upington plant and in terms of skills transfer.

Freitag also lauded the job opportunities offered by renewable energy, saying that jobs in the renewables sector were expected to far outstrip employment in the automotive sector in Germany by 2020.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest News
Swedish Ambassador to South Africa Christian Meuwly will next week inaugurate the final roll-out of the new vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK) at clay brick manufacturer Langkloof Bricks’ facility in Jeffrey’s Bay. The VSBK formed a part of economic, social and...
Hot on the heels of the launch of Rustenburg’s rapid transport system’s brand name and logo last week, a negotiation framework agreement (NFA) has been formally agreed to and signed by the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) and taxi and bus operators affected by the...
The runway at the George Airport, in the Western Cape, has been rehabilitated to improve safety, in terms of run-off and storm water drainage, and the structural capacity of the pavement surface. The scope of work comprised the extension of Runway 11/29, the...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
MORNÉ DU PLESSIS Increased urgency and burgeoning awareness of the importance of these issues are beginning to change political risks and, thus, State responses to environmental concerns
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 2014 Living Planet Index (LPI) indicates that there has been a 52% decline in vertebrate species since 1970. The Index tracked the trends of 10 000 discrete populations of over 3000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2010.
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks