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Renewable Energy News

Cement deliveries managed with software

By: Dylan Slater     16th May 2014 Logistics solutions company CargoWare’s FleetLogiX fleet management software has been used to manage 1 000 Volvo trucks, tasked with moving millions of tons of imported cement from the Port of Djibouti, in Ethiopia, to cement producer Derba Midroc Cement’s (DMC’s) new plant and, from there, to... 

IPP programmes on track – Eskom  

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom contracted a total of 6 352 MW from about 82 power purchase agreements (PPAs) with private-sector electricity generators within the borders of South Africa under the Independent Power Producer (IPP) programmes, said Eskom Transmission single buyer office head... 

IPP programmes  on track – Eskom
Eskom single buyer office head Yousuf Haffajee discusses the status of the independent power producer programmes.

Power utility should continue investment – consulting group

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Despite differing views in industry, State-owned power generation utility Eskom can still generate sufficient power to keep the lights on, even while functioning on a tight reserve margin and with industry not firing on all cylinders, states global growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan... 

Power utility should continue investment – consulting group
LIGHTS ON Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimates that Eskom will be able to manage the grid this winter

Powertech perfectly placed for growth in Africa

     16th May 2014 Powertech, a 100% owned subsidiary of the JSE-listed Altron group, comprising Altron TMT (amalgamation of Altech and Bytes) and Altron Power (Powertech), over the years, adjusted and reviewed operational processes to accommodate market conditions, all of which have produced positive end-results... 

Powertech perfectly placed for growth in Africa

Renewable-energy revolution encouraged for South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 While State-owned power utility Eskom, with support from government, needs an ambitious and transformative plan to produce, consume and share energy in the country, South Africa is naturally geared towards significant renewable- energy production, states independent campaigning organisation... 

Renewable-energy  revolution encouraged for South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
ENERGY REVOLUTION Total renewable power capacity worldwide exceeded 1 470 GW in 2012

DST welcomes inauguration of R1.5bn Droogfontein solar PV plant  

By: Natalie Greve     15th May 2014 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has welcome the launch of the country’s newest solar power plant, saying the R1.5-billion facility, near Kimberly, would contribute “immensely” to meeting the country's rising energy demands. The Droogfontein solar power photovoltaic (PV) plant,... 

DST welcomes inauguration of R1.5bn Droogfontein solar PV plant

Globeleq, Mainstream cement SA renewables alliance as solar farms are inaugurated

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2014 International energy companies Globeleq and Mainstream Renewable Power have confirmed that they plan to continue to jointly explore and develop renewable-energy projects in South Africa, where they have together already built 100 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and a 138 MW wind farm.... 

Globeleq, Mainstream cement SA renewables alliance as solar farms are inaugurated

Swiss IPP hopes SA rooftop installation will unlock private solar potential 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2014 Independent power producer Avelar Energy South Africa has commissioned a 166 kWp rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at the Germiston headquarters of building and infrastructure products supplier Dawn. The installation is the bigger Swiss group’s first direct investment into Africa, where... 

Swiss IPP hopes SA rooftop installation will unlock private solar potential
Dawn's Gerhard Kotzee and Avelar Energy's Werner Fuls and Marcus Schrauf on the rooftop solar installation in Germiston and the potential for similar projects. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 14.5.2014

Obama's Power Africa project takes off

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2014 Private-sector partners have committed over $14-billion to the Power Africa project, which was launched by US President Barack Obama last year, doubling the $7-billion set aside by USAID for the project for the next five years. In an update on the project, Agnes Dasewicz, the director of USAID’s... 

Obama's Power Africa project takes off

Calls for more integration of energy in Southern Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     13th May 2014 The African Utility Week has got under way in Cape Town with a call for more interconnectedness between countries and a concerted effort to power up more households and industries on the continent. Eskom transmission development group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo said he hoped Southern Africa would... 

Calls for more integration of energy in Southern Africa

All 60 Jeffreys Bay wind farm turbines commissioned 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2014 All 60 wind turbines at the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape, have been commissioned, following the erection of the final turbine in February. The project’s next milestone will be its commercial operations date, which GM Mark Pickering says is now imminent. 

All 60 Jeffreys Bay wind farm turbines commissioned
138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm

Ghana 1000 gets under way as consortium inks agreement

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2014 Africa-focused thermal and hydroelectric power developer and operator Endeavor Energy, infrastructure giant General Electric (GE) and water and electricity utility sector operating group Finagestion this week partnered to develop and implement the largest-single power park in sub-Saharan Africa... 

Ghana 1000 gets under way as consortium inks agreement

Akhani, Energy Cybernetics partner to pursue SSA energy opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2014 Infrastructure solutions group Akhani and energy management services company Energy Cybernetics have partnered to identify opportunities to roll-out solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and bring down the costs of energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The two South African companies initially planned to... 

Akhani, Energy Cybernetics partner to pursue SSA energy opportunities

University PV installation used for practical PV training

By: Natalie Greve     8th May 2014 A grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar installation system, which comprises five 3 kW solar PV panels, completed in August last year, has so far facilitated training of over 120 candidates at North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom campus. The 3 kW island system powers the engineering faculty... 

University PV installation used for practical PV training

Care centre receives large-scale solar water heating system

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd May 2014 Solar Energy Solutions company Solardura has completed the installation and commissioning of a large-scale solar water heating system for the Blessed Gérard Care Centre in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal.  

General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th April 2014 Alstom on Wednesday said it was considering a binding offer from General Electric (GE) to acquire its energy assets, leaving the France-headquartered company to expand its transport sector activities. The deal, representing an equity value of €12.35-billion and an enterprise value of... 

General Electric eyes Alstom’s energy assets
Photo by Duane Daws
Medupi

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd April 2014 US vanadium project developer and renewable energy technology purveyor American Vanadium on Wednesday unveiled plans to demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system in partnership with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in New York. The... 

American Vanadium announces first CellCube installation in New York

Climate considerations need to be woven into infrastructure decision-making 

By: Terence Creamer     17th April 2014 Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the country’s infrastructure investment... 

Climate considerations need to be woven into infrastructure decision-making
Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.

Electricity prices too low, says specialist 

By: Kim Cloete     17th April 2014 A specialist in finance and energy says South Africa's electricity prices are too low and unsustainable. “We are under-pricing electricity by at least a factor of two,” Bridge Capital Refco director Dudley Baylis told Engineering News Online. 

Electricity prices too low, says specialist

Two N Cape solar farms to be inaugurated in May as operations begin

By: Terence Creamer     17th April 2014 Two more Northern Cape solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power, have achieved commercial operations and will be formally inaugurated in mid May. Both projects are majority owned by independent power producer Globeleq and both entered commercial operations... 

Two N Cape solar farms to be inaugurated in May as operations begin

IDC turns focus to creation of black industrialists, as it weighs 20-year impact  

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2014 South African development finance institution the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) reports that it approved funding of more than R128-billion (R204-billion in 2013 prices) over the past 20 years, a period that coincided with the country’s democratic era. The financial commitments... 

IDC turns focus to creation of black industrialists, as it weighs 20-year impact
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena on the group's shifting empowerment focus. Camera Work: Duane Daws. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 16.4.2014.

Martins opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2014 Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister announced that further... 

Martins opens way for coal, cogen IPPs, extends renewables allocation
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins

Martins set to make IPP procurement announcements on Monday 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2014 Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins will on Monday make major announcements related to the much-delayed independent power producer (IPP) procurement processes. But in an unusual move, it appears the announcements will coincide with the Minister’s address to a paid event organised by The New Age... 

Martins set to make IPP procurement announcements on Monday
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins

Green economy could aid in global unemployment challenge 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2014 Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour Organization (ILO) Green Jobs... 

Green economy could aid in global unemployment challenge

SA wind atlas to be expanded after first phase highlights priority zones 

By: Kim Cloete     8th April 2014 Southern Africa’s first ever wind atlas, developed to help government and industry to identify high-potential wind development zones, has reached the end of its first stage and is to be expanded following new funding commitments. The Wind Atlas for South Africa (Wasa) has been mapping the... 

SA wind atlas to be expanded after first phase highlights priority zones

Creamer Media published Projects in Progress 2014 research report

     2nd April 2014 This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. 

Creamer Media published Projects in Progress 2014 research report

Two more N Cape solar farms enter commercial operations

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2014 Independent power producer (IPP) BioTherm Energy has confirmed that its two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, Konkoonsies and Aries, have officially entered into commercial operations. The projects were selected as part of the first bid window under the Department of Energy’s Renewable... 

Two more N Cape solar farms enter commercial operations
The 10 MW Konkoonsies solar plant

Access to funds a challenge limiting Joburg’s green environment initiatives

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 The difficulties of accessing international financial assistance and meeting stringent borrowing conditions were a collective barrier to fully developing and rolling out climate change programmes for the City of Johannesburg, said city mayor Parks Tau at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Summit... 

Access to funds a challenge limiting Joburg’s green environment initiatives
Photo by Bloomberg
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa

Britain’s climate change chief urges SA to accelerate solar-harnessing efforts 

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2014 UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon emissions. But during a visit to... 

Britain’s climate change chief urges SA to accelerate solar-harnessing efforts
Photo by Duane Daws
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King

Soitec says Touwsrivier solar project milestone to trigger refinancing

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2014 Semiconductor materials manufacturer Soitec announced on Tuesday that its Touwsrivier concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar plant, in the Western Cape, had met milestones set for commissioning of half of the 44 MW facility. The company said in a statement it was confident of completing the... 

Soitec says Touwsrivier solar project milestone to trigger refinancing

DoE gets set to launch coal, cogen procurement processes in April 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2014 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to finalise procurement documents for coal and cogeneration independent power producers (IPPs) before the end of this month and says the requests for proposals (RFPs) should be published in April, once internal governmental approvals have been... 

DoE gets set to launch coal, cogen procurement processes in April

SA and Namibia in need of energy boost

By: Kim Cloete     18th March 2014 The total energy capacity in Africa’s 54 member States is equal to that of Germany and Denmark alone, while 585-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. Putting these facts on the table, South Africa’s deputy director-general of energy, Dr Wolsey Barnard, told the... 

SA and Namibia in need of energy boost

US keen to work with Africa on energy development 

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2014 Improving energy infrastructure on the African continent will unleash investments, drive jobs and drive down pollution, US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman has told the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town. An upbeat Poneman said while energy costs in Africa were among the highest in... 

US keen to work with Africa on energy development

Energy group launches natural gas filling station for industrial sector

By: Natalie Greve     14th March 2014 In support of its overarching ambition to roll out natural gas facilities across South Africa, CNG Holdings subsidiary NGV Gas has launched a compressed natural gas (CNG) public filling station at Langlaagte, in Johannesburg, with the objective of providing “clean energy” and reducing transport... 

Energy group launches natural gas filling station for industrial sector

Zambia expands energy capacity, eyes export of power in 3 years  

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th March 2014 State-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (Zesco) aimed to export its 200 MW to 300 MW surplus energy after an ambitious $5-billion generation and transmission expansion brought its capacity to over 2 200 MW. Zesco transmission development director Christopher Mubemba said the... 

Zambia expands energy capacity, eyes export of power in 3 years
The Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation discusses the country's plans to expand its generation and transmission capacity at the Power and Electricity World Africa 2014 conference. Video Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Shane Williams.

Regional interconnector back on track after AfDB steps in with $40m

By: John Muchira     7th March 2014 Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has agreed... 

     Regional interconnector back on track after AfDB steps in with $40m
Power Evacuation 220 kV transmission lines will evacuate electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant

Bottled water the most sustainable packaged drink

     7th March 2014 In light of water week, South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) highlights that the entire bottled water industry in South Africa uses less water than that used to irrigate two golf courses. The usage of water by the total South African bottled water industry equates to 22.7 ℓ... 

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