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Jan 30, 2015
Commenting in his capacity as chairperson of the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI), President Jacob Zuma this week provided an update on the progress of several cross-border and regional infastructure projects championed by the heads-of-State...
Jan 30, 2015
Gauteng Premier David Makhura and JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King after a meeting with JSE-listed companies on Friday
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has promised to outline a comprehensive energy plan in his upcoming State of the Province address, acknowledging that without direct interventions to bolster security of electricity supply the province’s industrialisation vision could be...
Jan 30, 2015
An 8.5 MW solar field due to be officially launched in Rwanda next week, is set to boost the Central African State’s energy generation capacity by 6%, solar project developer Gigawatt Global has revealed. The landmark $23.7-million project is built on land owned by...
Jan 30, 2015
Days of rolling blackouts this week have blighted South African society and business, and they face an increasing number of outages in years to come. But the alternative, a grid collapse, could be catastrophic. Bordered by tiny, war-scarred or impoverished states...
Jan 30, 2015
A free Web-based solar power plant capacity-planning tool offers project planners and developers, as well as governments, a means to assess the solar energy potential of thin-film solar PV power over an area of land. The tool was developed by thin-film solar...
Jan 30, 2015
EXPLORATION Much research is being conducted in South Africa to establish a gas policy, including a Gas Utilisation Master Plan
The South African gas sector is likely to see an increase in mergers and acquisitions among gas producers in 2015, especially during the early part of the year, as the industry adjusts to deal with the effects of the dropping oil price, says North-West University...
Jan 30, 2015
ASTRAPAK The group highlighted that executive strategic interventions and other group-wide business improvement imperatives were progressing favourably
The “seriously disruptive” electricity outages in South Africa have cost packaging group Astrapak more than R2-million in “irrecoverable downtime costs”, the company said on Monday, adding that the power cuts were negating some of the benefit of energy saving...
Jan 30, 2015
EFFICIENT The technology used in the Hydrox Electrolyser reduces the production costs of hydrogen
Gas solutions provider Hydrox Holdings has introduced a new hydrogen production method that reduces production costs by eliminating the need for membranes or expensive electrodes typically required to produce the gas. Launched in December, the Hydrox Electrolyser is...
Jan 30, 2015
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Jan 29, 2015
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Jan 29, 2015
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Jan 29, 2015
The chances of power cuts being implemented on Thursday were minimal, electricity supplier Eskom said. "Today's risk of load shedding is minimised, it looks like the system is relatively stable," spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
Jan 29, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015
The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the conclusions of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) ‘Financial benefits of renewables in South Africa in 2014’ report, published on January 21. “The results of this study...
Jan 28, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015
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Ivan Glasenberg
Diversified mining major Glencore is considering the closure of some of its coal-mining operations in South Africa, which would reduce its overall South African production by at least five-million saleable tons of coal a year and affect more than 1 000 employees....
Jan 28, 2015
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Power utility Eskom halted load shedding at 14:00 on Wednesday, thanking customers for responding to its call to reduce power consumption. "[This] has enabled us to stop load shedding earlier than anticipated," Eskom said in a statement.
Jan 28, 2015
The rand remained on the back foot against the dollar on Wednesday after weakening to 1-week lows overnight, as investors fretted about the impact of South Africa's electricity shortage on economic growth. At 0636 GMT, the rand traded at 11.5800 per dollar, within a...
Jan 28, 2015
General Electric Co (GE) will build a 1 200 MW thermal power plant in Ghana to come onstream in the next five years in a bid to address the West African country's power deficit, CE Jeff Immelt said on Tuesday. The US company will also provide emergency power systems...
Jan 28, 2015
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South Africa's State-run power utility Eskom said on Tuesday a pilot pricing project aimed at getting customers to cut their consumption on peak days was showing signs of success. Eskom, which supplies about 95% of the power to Africa's most advanced economy, is...
Jan 28, 2015
South Africa is on power alert, Eskom said on Wednesday morning. "The power system remains vulnerable, meaning that any extra load or faults in the system may necessitate load shedding today," the electricity provider posted on its Twitter feed shortly after 6.15am.
 
 
 
 
Jan 28, 2015
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South African power utility Eskom has funds to pay for diesel to run its turbines until the end of March, averting a crisis that could have seen it lose 5% of its capacity, a government source said. Eskom is currently battling to keep demand from overwhelming its...
Jan 27, 2015
Financial services provider Stanlib aims to channel the bulk of a R1.2-billion infrastructure equity fund into some of the infrastructure projects under way in South Africa, with a particular focus on renewable energy. Stanlib on Tuesday said the fund, which would...
Jan 27, 2015
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The 94.3 MWp Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, was expected to deliver 216 GWh/y of electricity into power utility Eskom’s national grid. The plant, which was built by Spanish firm Acciona and commissioned by Spanish consulting firm Enertis,...
Jan 27, 2015
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Eskom implemented stage two rolling power cuts on Tuesday to help bolster power supply for the rest of the week, acting CEO Dan Marokane said. "We moved to stage two in order to manage our reserves at our pumped storage schemes and gas turbines so that we can better...
Jan 26, 2015
Temporary power generation services provider Aggreko has extended the contract for its 200 MW gas-fired power project in Côte d'Ivoire by three years, with the option to extend this by a further two years.
Jan 26, 2015
A debate over the impact on the industry of the local content regulations governing solar water heaters (SWHs) has heated up as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and industry body, the Sustainable Energy Society Southern Africa (Sessa) stand firm on their...
Jan 26, 2015
State-owned power utility Eskom on Monday urged consumers to save electricity as it implemented load shedding, owing to unforeseen technical problems at some of its power stations. The utility on Monday morning announced that it would start stage one load shedding,...
Jan 23, 2015
Kenya is moving to boost its solar energy capacity, with a new plant now under construction aiming to start producing electricity for the national grid by January 2016. This heralds a shift in the balance of the country's efforts to embrace renewable energy, which...
Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona believes positive results from the current turnaround plan at the embattled utility will begin showing through in the next 18 to 24 months and has committed to continue “telling it as it is and telling it like it has never been told” so that...
Jan 23, 2015
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Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona
Apart, perhaps, from the Stoney ginger beer pick-me-up on his conference table and the queue of awaiting visitors in his reception area, there are few other signs of the pressure Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona is under. His corner office on the third-floor at Megawatt...
 
 
 
 
Jan 23, 2015
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres
The current low oil price is both good and bad for the renewable energy sector, United Nations (UN) climate chief Christiana Figueres said on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Crude oil prices have fallen by around 60% since June, triggered...
Jan 23, 2015
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) last month welcomed Cabinet’s establishment of a technical team war room to undertake various interventions to improve electricity supply security over the short- and medium-term, but added that the private sector also had a...
Jan 23, 2015
South Africa should reconsider Integrated (coal) Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology for future power stations, because refinements in the technology have greatly increased its efficiency and rendered its previous evaluation obsolete. So argues Mitsubishi...
Jan 23, 2015
MASS ADOPTION SolarPlus’s goal is to implement its systems at 200 000 homes within a ten-year period
As part of its aim to become a renewable-energy utility, solar energy solutions provider SolarPlus Energy Investments has launched the SolarPlus residential long-term solution, a complete solar water heating (SWH) system installed free and provided at a fixed monthly...
Jan 23, 2015
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY The facility comprises 2 000 solar panels covering a surface area of 4 000 m2 and produces approximately 843 MWh/y
Property group Hyprop Investments launched a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, valued at about R8-million, at its Clearwater Mall, in Gauteng, in December. “Clearwater Mall is the first property of Hyprop to which we applied a solar PV system of this magnitude,”...
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
SISHEN SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANT The plant will produce electricity equivalent to the consumption of around 100 000 South African households a year and has a peak capacity of 94.3 MW and 74 nominal MW
The 216-GWh-producing Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Northern Cape has officially connected to the national grid and will have the highest level of electricity output of all the operational solar PV plants in Africa, said Spanish stakeholder Acciona...
Jan 23, 2015
AGGRESSIVE TAKE-OFF Powermode’s average monthly installations have increased from about seven to more than 15 installations, for this month
Since power protection and management solutions provider Powermode forecast a significant demand increase for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solutions for local industry in August last year, the company registered “serious” growth in the solar PV market. “Powermode...
Jan 23, 2015
POPULAR DEMAND The Victron EasySolar 1600 solution generates sufficient power to run the critical components of a home for up to 48 hours
Alternate energy products distributor Enerjetic expects a 30% to 35% increase in demand for the Nobel solar water heater  (SWH) and Victron Energy photovoltaic (PV) solutions this year, as a result of unstable electricity supply significantly driving solar energy...
Jan 23, 2015
TECHNICAL NECESSITY Professional technical partners can provide advisory services for solar projects to reduce technical, quality and contractual issues
Common problems faced by local solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects, such as technical and contractual issues, can easily be resolved through the assistance of technical advisory...
 
 
 
 
Jan 23, 2015
International investors have arranged a €625m finance package for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, for which the construction of a 300 MW wind farm, in north-eastern Kenya is taking place.
Jan 22, 2015
The Kathu solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, in the Northern Cape, is expected to deliver 179 GWh/y of clean energy to the national grid.
Jan 22, 2015
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Jan 22, 2015
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Municipalities owe State-owned power utility Eskom more than R4.6-billion, an increase of more than R2-billion in the last year, a debt that is contributing to the pressure on Eskom’s ability to provide electricity.
Jan 22, 2015
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South Africa plans to inject $870-million into cash-strapped state utility Eskom as early as around June, a finance ministry spokesman said on Thursday, as part of its strategy to raise funds for the power company. Pretoria said in October it would sell...
 
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