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Renewable Energy News

Nordex launches light-wind turbine in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2014 German wind power company Nordex has launched an innovative turbine in South Africa, which it says is capable of achieving up to 28.6% more yield in light-wind locations. The new N131/3000 turbine was launched during this week’s WINDaba in Cape Town, which had brought together local and... 

Committees recommend NT, NCOP ratify DoE Grand Inga report 

By: Leandi Kolver     4th November 2014 The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy and the Select Committee on Economic and Business Development on Tuesday recommended that the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces ratify the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) report on the treaty of the Grand Inga hydropower project.... 

Committees recommend NT, NCOP ratify DoE Grand Inga report

South Africa’s energy system on knife-edge – NPC commissioner  

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom is in very real danger of a ratings downgrade, with the energy system on knife-edge at the moment, warns Professor Anton Eberhard, a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). South Africa has been plunged into an energy crisis, which Eberhard says is the... 

South Africa’s energy system on knife-edge – NPC commissioner
Photo by Duane Daws
Medupi power station

Wind energy a pillar of Danish investment in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 Danish companies are keen to set up a green hub on renewable energy in South Africa, with an eye on developing markets in Southern Africa, Danish Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation Morgens Jensen has told Engineering News Online. He said he saw tremendous opportunity in South Africa,... 

Wind energy a pillar of Danish investment in South Africa

SunPower to open solar panel manufacturing facility in Cape Town

By: Leandi Kolver     4th November 2014 Solar technology and energy services provider SunPower on Tuesday plans to open a solar panel manufacturing facility in Cape Town in 2015 to meet the growing demand for solar technology in the region. The plant, which would be owned and operated by SunPower, was expected to create up to 150 local... 

SunPower to open solar panel manufacturing facility in Cape Town

Wind energy to benefit communities in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2014 Wind energy in South Africa is set to contribute more than R7-billion to communities and socioeconomic development over the next 20 years. “Utility-scale wind energy is already boosting economic development in South Africa,” South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) chairperson Dipolelo... 

Wind energy to benefit communities in South Africa

Delay in SA’s renewable energy programme creates uncertainty  

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2014 The government has warned that the extended deadline of November 24 for the financial close of the third-bid-window projects in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme may be missed. “It’s going to be tight. There’s a slim chance which will determine whether the... 

Delay in SA’s renewable energy programme creates uncertainty
Photo by Duane Daws
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm

Jeffreys Bay wind farm engineers up for international award 

By: Natalie Greve     30th October 2014 The team of engineers that delivered the Jeffreys Bay wind farm have been shortlisted for an international engineering award.  Professional body Engineers Ireland announced the six shortlisted engineering projects in the running for the national title of ‘Engineering Project of the Year’, which... 

Jeffreys Bay wind farm engineers up for international award

CSP players make case for increased role in SA energy mix

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th October 2014 Industry proponents at the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association-hosted concentrated solar power (CSP) leadership dialogue on Wednesday moved to build a case for the application of CSP technology to complement South Africa’s energy mix shift and make its mark on social... 

CSP players make case for increased role in SA energy mix

SA attracts nearly $10bn in renewables investment in two years – study 

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2014 South Africa has been ranked third, after China and Brazil, in a new country-by-country assessment of 55 renewable-energy markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Climatescope 2014 report and index, which has been compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on behalf of American... 

SA attracts nearly $10bn in renewables investment in two years – study

South African investors bulk financiers of renewable energy success 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2014 South Africa’s financial institutions have been instrumental in funding the bulk of the projects under the Department of Energy’s multibillion-rand Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), delegates heard at the Solar Indaba, in Sandton, on Friday. The REIPPPP... 

South African investors bulk financiers of renewable energy success

Lending criteria for solar PV projects not inflexible, says consultancy

By: Natalie Greve     24th October 2014 Cash-hungry solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in sub-Saharan Africa are largely assessed by lenders on a case-by-case technical basis and, while some standard technical and nontechnical aspects would be required to reach financial close, these are not entirely inflexible, Mott MacDonald business... 

Lending criteria for solar PV projects not inflexible, says consultancy

E Cape wind project overcomes communal-land constraint

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th October 2014 In the first quarter of 2015, seven Vestas V112 wind turbines will be erected in the Great Kei local municipality at integrated renewable energy company InnoWind’s 21 MW Chaba wind farm in the Eastern Cape. 

Renewables will play role in reducing load-shedding risk

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th October 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom’s renewable energy projects will contribute significantly to minimising power cuts as they have the ability to contribute positively to grid stability. 

School competes against universities in solar race

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th October 2014 Maragon Private Schools Olympus pupils competed at energy and chemical company Sasol’s Solar Challenge from September 27, which entailed driving a solar-powered car over eight days covering 2 000 km from Pretoria to Cape Town. The race is held in South Africa every two years, in collaboration... 

‘Hype’ surrounding PV microgrids in Africa justified – Canadian Solar 

By: Natalie Greve     23rd October 2014 Photovoltaic (PV) microgrids are increasingly emerging as favourable off-grid power options for the electrification of rural settlements and remote industrial operations in Africa, largely owing to a continued increasing of the diesel price coupled with the mainstreaming of PV technologies,... 

‘Hype’ surrounding PV microgrids in Africa justified – Canadian Solar

Govt, solar energy sector to engage over industry ‘master plan’ 

By: Natalie Greve     23rd October 2014 Relevant government departments and solar industry stakeholders represented by the South African Photovoltaic Industy Association (Sapvia) are due to meet next week in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, to decisively bed down an industry “master plan” that would guide the growth and regulation of... 

Govt, solar energy sector to engage over industry ‘master plan’

‘Fastest-growing’ programmes to be fast-tracked, as expenditure ceiling is cut

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2014 Government aimed to fast-track certain “fast-growing” infrastructure programmes, despite cutting back on expenditure over the next few years, the 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) revealed on Wednesday. The MTBPS, released by new Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, proposed a series of... 

‘Fastest-growing’ programmes to be fast-tracked, as expenditure ceiling is cut

Western Cape to seek greentech SEZ designation for Atlantis 

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2014 The Western Cape government’s GreenCape sector development agency is finalising work on an application to have the Atlantis industrial area designated as a green-technology (greentech) special economic zone (SEZ). Atlantis SEZ project executive Mike Mulcahy tells Engineering News Online the... 

Western Cape to seek greentech SEZ designation for Atlantis
GRI Renewable Industries is investing in a R300-million wind-tower factory

Pneumatics system upgraded for hail testing 

     17th October 2014 Industrial automation and control company Festo recently assisted statutory body South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) – whose testing activities include a wide range of testing, calibration and inspection – to automate its hail gun for testing solar panels against hail damage. 

Pneumatics system upgraded  for hail testing
ENHANCED HAIL GUN A pneumatic vacuum generator was used to suck an iceball through a barrel canister

First Sere turbines synchronised to grid, Eskom reports 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2014 Electricity utility Eskom reports that the first seven wind generators at its R2.5-billion Sere wind farm project, in the Western Cape, have been synchronised to the grid and that the project is on track for full commercial operations by end March 2015. Renewables GM Ayanda Nakedi says the... 

First Sere turbines synchronised to grid, Eskom reports
The Sere wind farm project

Larger solar PV allocation would yield grid, localisation benefits – new Sapvia chief 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2014 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) newly appointed CEO, Moeketsi Thobela, says he is hoping to raise the profile of solar PV as a solution to South Africa’s immediate electricity crisis, owing to the fact that the technology can be deployed rapidly and at increasingly... 

Larger solar PV allocation would yield grid, localisation benefits – new Sapvia chief
Sapvia CEO Moeketsi Thobela

Tisa, RDB awarded for attracting FDI for green projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2014 Trade and Industry South Africa (Tisa) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) were this week awarded Investment Promotion Awards for excellence in promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) projects to advance sustainable development. The awards ceremony was held during the opening of the United... 

Tisa, RDB awarded for attracting FDI for green projects

Bokpoort CSP plant to be completed by end-2015 

By: Natalie Greve     10th October 2014 The 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in the Northern Cape, which is being built as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, was over 50% complete and was expected to be completed by December 2015, project owner Acwa Power has reported.... 

Bokpoort CSP plant to be completed by end-2015

Cape Town sharpens its business image as it looks beyond tourism

By: Kim Cloete     10th October 2014 Cape Town is on a drive to strengthen its position as a key business capital in Africa. The Mother City is keen to retain its reputation as a leading tourist destination, but wants to be taken more seriously as a destination for local and international investment “This is not just a beautiful... 

Cape Town sharpens its business image as it looks beyond tourism

Orange Farm primary school gets solar-powered Internet

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th October 2014 Multinational electronics company Samsung Electronics Africa, together with nongovernmental organisation Habitat for Humanity and the Gauteng Department of Education, officially unveiled the Solar Powered Internet School at Refalletse Primary School in Orange Farm, in Gauteng last month. 

PFS confirms viability of Monont’sa pumped storage power plant

By: Natalie Greve     9th October 2014 A 12-month prefeasibility study (PFS) by consulting firm GIBB to investigate the viability of the Monont’sa pumped-storage power plant, in Lesotho, has concluded that the scheme will provide significant power to South Africa’s rapidly developing neighbour when required to do so. The 1 200 MW... 

PFS confirms viability of Monont’sa pumped storage power plant

New rooftop solar system to save Woolworths R215 000 a year

By: Leandi Kolver     8th October 2014 Through the installation of a 108 kilowatt-peak solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of retailer Woolworths’ Cape Town head office, the company has over the past three months saved 30 828 kWh worth of electricity, which translated into an energy bill reduction of about R38 534, Woolworths... 

New rooftop solar system to save Woolworths R215 000 a year

Alternative power supply can reduce load-shedding 

By: Zandile Mavuso     8th October 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom noted on Tuesday that its renewable energy projects would contribute significantly to reducing power cuts, as these projects would assist in ensuring grid stability. Speaking at the sixty-fourth Association of Municipal Electricity Distributors Convention, in... 

Alternative power supply can reduce load-shedding

Solar energy industry body appoints first CEO  

     3rd October 2014 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia), which was established in 2010, has appointed Moeketsi Thobela its first CEO, effective October 1. “I am pleased to welcome Mr Thobela as the CEO of Sapvia at this particular juncture in the growth and development of both the... 

Solar energy industry body appoints first CEO
Sapvia CEO Moeketsi Thobela

City of London can play a role in closing African energy gaps - Lord Mayor

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd October 2014 Although Southern Africa faces the global challenge of meeting the triple bottom line of energy affordability, security of supply and reducing its carbon footprint, it is rich in natural energy resources, which must be harnessed to deal with these and other energy challenges.  

Solar company sponsors eight-day solar race

By: Zandile Mavuso     3rd October 2014 Solar power products manufacturer SolarWorld Africa has sponsored the eight-day countrywide integrated energy and chemical company Sasol Solar Challenge, which aims at demonstrating the performance of solar-powered vehicles. 

Renewables delay a 'concern' as connection risks rise 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2014 Some concern has been expressed about recent delays to South Africa’s hitherto successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), under which 26 projects have already been connected to the grid following three bid windows during which more than 60 mostly solar... 

Renewables delay a 'concern' as connection risks rise

Toyota unveils exterior design of hydrogen-powered fuel cell sedan

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2014 Japanese carmaker Toyota has revealed the exterior design and Japanese market-guide pricing of its hydrogen-powered fuel-cell sedan, following the car’s appearance in concept form at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. The four-door saloon will be introduced in Japan before April 2015, with the US and... 

Cape Town signs first embedded electricity generation contract 

By: Kim Cloete     23rd September 2014 In a boost for renewable energy, the City of Cape Town has signed its first small-scale embedded electricity generation contract with Black River Park Investments, an office park in Observatory.  The 74 000 m2 office park uses large-scale solar power systems to generate environmentally... 

Cape Town signs first embedded electricity generation contract
Patricia de Lille, PJ Rabie and Dominic Chennells

Nersa finalising distributed-power, wheeling consultation papers 

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2014 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will release a consultation paper in February next year outlining the possible regulatory framework for “distributed power generation” in South Africa, including how “prosumers” could be empowered to feed surplus electricity into the grid.... 

Nersa finalising distributed-power, wheeling consultation papers

Absa, FDA offering rebate on energy efficiency, renewable energy loans

By: Leandi Kolver     16th September 2014 Barclays Africa group company Absa, in partnership with the French Development Agency (FDA), was offering commercial businesses in South Africa an up to 7% rebate on loans of up to R100-million that are used to fund energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. Biogas, solar power, wind power... 

Absa, FDA offering rebate on energy efficiency, renewable energy loans

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