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Renewable Energy News

Continued support for renewables IPPs an economic boost – Sarec

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the confirmation by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that the continuation of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme was imperative, given the need to boost investment in the short term. In a statement following... 

IPP programme identified as imperative for boosting investment

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago Eskom’s delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) whose bids were approved by the Department of Energy could result in manufacturers going out of business, National Treasury warned in its 2017 Budget Review. “Lack of clarity on Eskom’s... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     Updated 3 hours ago African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday launched the EnergyDrive initiative, to educate rural communities on climate change and alternative energy sources. A custom-designed truck equipped with ten solar... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

Germany shares its renewable-energy lessons

By: Kim Cloete     21st February 2017 Germany is on an all-out campaign to decarbonise its energy system, with plans to slice carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80% to 90% by 2050. It has identified hydrogen as an essential part of decarbonising its energy system. 

EOH, Steag join forces to boost energy services in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH Industrial Technologies on Tuesday entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with German energy group Steag Energy Services broaden EOH’s services offering in South Africa. The JV will cover all aspects of power project developments, from inception... 

Solar-powered Africa 'never more possible and less expensive' – energy chief

By: Reuters     20th February 2017 A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need... 

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) claims that Eskom has yet to issue any updated budget quotes for projects that President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address (Sona) would proceed, following a protracted impasse that arose as a result of the State-owned utility’s... 

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’
Mark Pickering

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development
NEW HORIZONS The recently completed biogas upgrade project in Athlone

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy
LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP Members of the Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries have been involved in the South African energy sector since 2013

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects
TSIDISO DISENYANA Foreign investment is targeted at establishing Africa’s green economy, therefore renewables will become a driver of socioeconomic growth

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented
Photo by Duane Daws
MOMENT IN THE SUN Governments will be showcasing high priority renewable energy projects to attract private sector participation and investment

Renewables division experiences record-breaking 2016

     17th February 2017 Italian energy company Enel Green Power’s (EGP’s) global renewable energies division made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time-high 2 018 MW of new capacity within a calendar year. This is a major achievement for EGP as it more than doubled what it achieved in 2015, when... 

Renewables division experiences  record-breaking 2016
NOJOLI WIND FARM Enel Green Power's global renewable energies division completed more than 470 MW of solar and wind projects locally, including the 88 MW Nojoli wind farm

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba
DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES The Women in Energy conference is designed to aid the increase in leadership and development of women involved in the African energy sectors

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2017 The head of ABB South Africa is hopeful that renewable-energy-related orders, which all but dried up in 2016 as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign new power purchase agreements, will resume in light of President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that the State-owned utility will sign all outstanding... 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations
ABB South Africa CEO Leon Viljoen

Kenya Power expects no drought-related rationing, minimal price hike

By: Reuters     16th February 2017 Kenyans will not be hit by electricity rationing or significant price rises, with diesel generation making up for a fall from drought-hit hydroelectric dams, the head of sole distributor Kenya Power said on Thursday. State-run Kenya Meteorological Department said earlier this week that the East... 

Revised IRP to go back to Cabinet by early spring – energy department

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 The Integrated Resource Plan should be finalised by August or September, depending on Cabinet’s reception of the energy blueprint, the director-general of the department of energy said on Tuesday. “It will not be before June this year, but it might be by July, August. But then if Cabinet says go... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is optimistic that Eskom, with the support of the energy regulatory, could extend pricing incentives to it and other energy-intensive businesses in light of its surplus position and government’s appeal for interventions to reignite growth in the... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk makes the case for further protection for domestic steel industry. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 10.2.2017

Renewables sector welcomes Presidency’s support of renewables

By: Anine Kilian     10th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the Presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). During his State of the Nation address on Thursday night, President Jacob Zuma announced that State-owned... 

Renewables a bright spot in an otherwise chaotic Sona 

     10th February 2017 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the highlights of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, including the announcement that Eskom will sign outstanding power purchase agreements with renewables IPPs and proposals on radical... 

Renewables a bright spot in an otherwise chaotic Sona
Is the end of the impasse over renewables power purchase agreements in sight?

Microlevel electricity grids advantageous for African applications

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Although the price of electricity and cost of generation in many African countries are major challenges, they also present opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can use existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources, says energy, water,... 

Northern Cape youths receive financial aid for tertiary education

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 Twenty-six youths from the Emthanjeni municipality, in the Northern Cape, were awarded full tertiary bursaries last month by solar energy project developer Solar Capital and its subsidiary Solar Capital De Aar 3. These bursaries were among the 80 distributed at the well-attended Ministerial... 

Zuma says Eskom will sign renewables contracts amid disrupted, economy-focused Sona

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2017 President Jacob Zuma announced on Thursday that Eskom would sign the outstanding power purchase agreement (PPAs) for renewable energy projects that had been procured during the most recent rounds of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).   Zuma made the... 

Zuma says Eskom will sign renewables contracts amid disrupted, economy-focused Sona
Photo by Duane Daws
President Jacob Zuma

Hammond takes the lead in managing 287 MW renewable-energy portfolio

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2017 Ryan Hammond has been appointed CEO of Cookhouse Windfarm, Umoya Energy Windfarm and REISA Solar PV, a renewable-energy portfolio totaling 287 MW.  He takes on the responsibility of managing the facilities’ operations, finance and community operations, with effect from February 1. 

Hammond takes the lead in managing 287 MW renewable-energy portfolio

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out
Sections being manufactured at DCD Wind Towers plant, which has been shut since December

PPA stand-off risks future wind energy jobs as new graduates enter saturated market

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2017 South Africa’s fledgling wind turbine service technician training programme will be "training its graduates for unemployment" if construction on the next round of State-commissioned wind farms does not get under way this year, warns South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (Saretec)... 

PPA stand-off risks future wind energy jobs as new graduates enter saturated market
Saratec director Naim Rassool

Enel’s South African unit brings two new PV plants into operation

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2017 Italian energy group Enel’s renewable-energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA has brought its 82.5 MW apiece Adams and Pulida solar photovoltaic (PV) plants into commercial operation. The Pulida PV plant, in the Northern Cape, and the Adams PV facility, in the Free State, which are supported by... 

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2017 When the Ministers responsible for seeking resolution to the current impasse in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector meet this month, they will be expected to weigh the serious legal and policy implications of backtracking from a Ministerial determination – as well as from one of the country’s... 

The big questions when Ministers meet on renewables standoff

Eskom’s refusal to sign new renewables PPAs costing jobs, investments – DCD 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2017 Fears that State-owned Eskom’s protracted delay in concluding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with selected independent power producers (IPPs) could result in job losses and the idling of projects, are emerging, as DCD Wind Towers starts cutting jobs. The R536-million DCD Wind Towers venture,... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Expo and conference  to focus on major  industry trends
SOURCING SOLUTIONS The African Utility week conference and expo will gather over 7000 decision-makers from more than 40 countries

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2017 Newly appointed National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) CEO Christopher Forlee insists that the Energy Regulator will not take any “illegal” decisions when making a determination in February about the trajectory of Eskom’s 2017 tariffs. Instead, any decision will seek to navigate the... 

New Nersa chief insists regulator will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs
Photo by Duane Daws
Nersa CEO Christopher Forlee

Inspired Evolution exits renewable-energy fund, starts another 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st January 2017 Clean energy and resource efficiency specialised fund manager Inspired Evolution is exiting a number of its renewable-energy investments, held under its Evolution One Fund portfolio, as the renewable-energy industry reaches maturity. The $90-million Evolution One Fund, which focuses on the clean... 

Inspired Evolution exits renewable-energy fund, starts another

Opinion: How Minister Brown can address Eskom’s conflicting interests 

     30th January 2017 In this article, Mark Pickering argues that the short answer to the current impasse between Eskom and renewables generators is to instruct Eskom to comply with the law and sign the agreements. The longer answer, however, will involve a more complex restructuring of the utility. 

Opinion: How Minister Brown can address Eskom’s conflicting interests
Mark Pickering

Africa Power Roundtable to consider continent’s power challenges, opportunities

     27th January 2017 The upcoming Africa Power Roundtable (APR) will seek to further address challenges such as regulatory certainty to enable investment in long-term grid connected power projects on the continent. The event, to be held in Sandton on February 1 and 2 and sponsored by investment and advisory company... 

Cape Town draws battle lines over right to buy alternative energy from IPPs 

By: News24Wire      27th January 2017 The City of Cape Town plans to take Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to court for the right to buy power directly from alternative energy suppliers, instead of Eskom. The city wanted to get 20% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020, but needed the minister to sign off on an... 

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