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Renewable Energy News

SA banks maintain appetite for renewable energy projects

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2014 South Africa has enough liquidity to finance the next round of renewable-energy projects, with local banks maintaining their appetite in the emerging industry, a panel said at the Solarplaza conference, held in Sandton on Tuesday. The panel, which comprised Standard Bank investment banking senior... 

SA solar industry starting to mature  

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2014 South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) energy industry has started to mature as costs come down and capacity rises. As the nation moves ahead with many of its solar ambitions, the National Treasury said on Tuesday that the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

SA solar industry starting to mature
National Treasury's Lena Mangondo discusses how the solar PV industry has matured as the REIPPP bids moved from window one to three. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video editing: Shane Williams. Date recorded: 11.02.2014.

66 MW Hopefield wind farm enters commercial operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th February 2014 The 66 MW Hopefield wind farm, in the Western Cape, has achieved its commercial operation date, Cape Town-based owner and developer Umoya Energy reports. Construction on the project, which comprises 37 wind turbines, began in late 2012, having been identified as a preferred project during the... 

66 MW Hopefield wind farm enters commercial operations
The Hopefield wind farm

27 MW Eastern Cape wind farm begins commercial operations 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2014 The 27 MW MetroWind Van Stadens (MWVS) wind farm has officially started commercial operations, the developers confirmed on Monday. The facility, which is located in the wind-rich Nelson Mandela Bay municipal area of the Eastern Cape has been supplying power into the regional grid since late... 

27 MW Eastern Cape wind farm begins commercial operations

Company’s focus on the environment evident

     7th February 2014 Further, the company was recently distinguished as one of the top three most competitively positioned PV inverter companies by market analyser Greentech Media Research. Owing to its unique footprint in South Africa, Schneider Electric is able to comply with 45% of the local content requirements... 

Project-specific bonds seen as helping to unlock infrastructure funding

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th February 2014 The growing need for large-scale infrastructure projects in South Africa creates an opportunity for the private sector to provide financing through project bonds and nonbank lending, professional services firm PwC argues. 

Project-specific bonds seen as helping to unlock infrastructure funding
INFRASTUCTURE DEVELOPMENT As infrastructure development is critically important for South Africa's economic growth‚ it cannot be left for governments and the banks to invest alone, different forms of funding is needed

SA-developed thin-film solar technology debuts at Stellenbosch plant 

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2014 A demonstration plant to showcase locally developed thin-film solar module technology, used for converting sunlight into electricity, officially opened its doors on Monday. The R180-million, 3 500 m2 semi-commercial facility, in Stellenbosch, is a joint venture (JV) between Photovoltaic... 

SA-developed thin-film solar technology debuts at Stellenbosch plant
The PTiP, Singulus plant

Eskom aiming to install 150 MW of photovoltaic panels at its sites countrywide over next five years

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st January 2014 Over the next five years, State-owned power utility Eskom hopes to develop a portfolio of up to 150 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at its sites across South Africa called the Ilanga PV programme. 

Eskom aiming to install 150 MW of photovoltaic panels  at its sites countrywide over next five years
SOLAR PV PANELS ON ROOFTOP Photovoltaic (PV) power already being in grid parity in some areas in South Africa makes the PV system cheaper than grid power

How embedded electricity generation could shake up the system

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2014 With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot cheaper over the past couple of years... 

How embedded electricity generation could shake up the system

Allocation downgrade a threat to wind-energy localisation goal 

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2014 The 8 400 MW allocation for wind energy in the existing Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is “a good lower target”, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) asserts, while cautioning that South Africa will fail to take full advantage of its wind resource, as well as the associate... 

Allocation downgrade a threat to wind-energy localisation goal

JA Solar, Powerway to manufacture solar modules in PE

By: Leandi Kolver     28th January 2014 Solar products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings has formed a joint venture with solar farm construction services provider Powerway PV South Africa to establish a solar module manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Production at the facility, which would be located in the Coega... 

JA Solar, Powerway to manufacture solar modules in PE

Jeffreys Bay wind farm starting to supply electricity to Eskom 

By: Leandi Kolver     27th January 2014 Jeffreys Bay wind farm on Monday announced that ten of its wind turbines had been connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid, supplying 23 MW of power. “The project’s substation has been energised. This marks the first step towards supplying enough clean, renewable electricity to power... 

Jeffreys Bay wind farm starting to supply electricity to Eskom

First Solar unveils diesel-replacement strategy for African mines

By: Terence Creamer     24th January 2014 Thin-film solar company First Solar is aggressively pursuing build operate and own (BOO) fuel-replacement projects in the global resources sector and is offering miners the prospect of displacing diesel through the use of increasingly cost-competitive solar energy. The Nasdaq-listed group... 

First Solar unveils diesel-replacement strategy for African mines
The DEWA 13 solar facility, in Seih Al Dahal, about 50 km south of Dubai, in the UAE

KZN ‘Green Street’ offers valuable grassroots green-building insight

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th January 2014 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) believes the success of its Cato Manor Green Street project, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), and the lessons learnt from the project can strengthen the green building movement in South Africa, and they hope that these practices soon become the norm.  

KZN ‘Green Street’ offers valuable grassroots green-building insight

SA solar plant to connect to the grid next month

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th January 2014 The largest concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar plant in South Africa is expected to connect 50% of its 44 MW capacity to the national electricity grid next month. 

Solar energy beneficial to the commercial and industrial sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Turnkey energy solutions provider Green Habitat saved information technology and communications company Mustek R82 000 in July last year by installing a 210 kWp solar solution. The saving is as a result of the solar solution reducing Mustek’s energy and demand charge for the month, with a... 

Solar power transforms urban and rural life

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Lighting specialist Philips reports that it has achieved a “breakthrough” in developing its light-emitting diode (LED) solar-powered road, street and area lighting. “The LED lighting offers reliable, efficient and cost-effective lighting solutions for each kilometre of road. It has the potential... 

Solar PV power ideal for peak lopping

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 South African consumers can expect an added expense from municipal authorities with the imminent arrival of smart metering for electricity consumption, but solar photovoltaic (PV) power may provide a solution, says power protection and management solutions provider Powermode MD Jack Ward. 

UK smart-meter roll-out could hold lessons for SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th January 2014 Water metering and smart grid specialist Sensus has won the contract to supply one of the largest smart-metering grid campaigns with core technology to support the roll-out of smart metering to ten-million homes and small business in the northern region of England.  

Zimbabwe leads with solar toll gates

     24th January 2014 While South African taxpayers are crying foul at the government over its e-tolling scheme on the roads of Gauteng for failing to explore all funding options available to it, Zimbabwe raced ahead to lead the world with the first installation of 22 solar-powered tollgates last year, photovoltaic... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up 

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2014 Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to surface on the 20-year electricity... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up

GRI to start manufacturing wind towers in Cape Town in H2 2014

By: Leandi Kolver     20th January 2014 Multisector company Corporación Gestamp’s wind industrial division GRI Renewable Industries will start manufacturing wind towers at its new manufacturing facility in Cape Town during the second half of this year, the company said on Monday. The €22-million facility, aimed at contributing to the... 

GRI to start manufacturing wind towers in Cape Town in H2 2014

SA-born Harvard grad returns home to “personalise energy” 

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2014 Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduate Siyabulela Xuza has returned to South Africa to fill a gap in the skills space and participate in the nation’s energy revolution. The Eastern Cape-born entrepreneur, who graduated from the world’s number-one university in May 2013 and... 

SA-born Harvard grad returns home to “personalise energy”

Wind-tower manufacturing facility on track for 2014 opening  

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th January 2014 Renewable-energy company DCD Wind Towers is on track to complete the construction of its R300-million wind tower manufacturing facility, in the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, by February 3, 2014.  

Wind-tower manufacturing facility on track for 2014 opening
DCD Wind Towers MD Gerrit Viviers and engineering and contracts manger Gary Noeth discusses the company’s new R300-million wind tower manufacturing facility in the Coega industrial development zone.

Africa can sustain itself, policy certainty crucial for success of energy sectors

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th January 2014 Energy is a long-term investment and significant funds, a long-term plan and clear policy frameworks are needed in Africa to ensure thriving energy sectors on the continent. 

Africa can sustain itself, policy certainty crucial for success of energy sectors

NamPower requests information to finalise SWH campaign technical specifications

By: Leandi Kolver     8th January 2014 Namibian power utility NamPower has issued a request for information from prospective solar water heater (SWH) suppliers to enable it to expand, amend and finalise the technical specifications for its 20 000 solar water heater (20kSWH) campaign. The 20kSWH campaign, which NamPower would start... 

NamPower requests information to finalise SWH campaign technical specifications

Solar module manufacturer believes SA prices have ‘bottomed’

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2014 Thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer First Solar, of the US, remains optimistic about prospects for its solution in South Africa, despite a sharp decline in the prices bid for PV projects during the most recent bid window under the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy... 

Solar module manufacturer believes SA prices have ‘bottomed’

Regional cohesion, energy security to aid Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector 

By: Irma Venter     7th January 2014 Africa is blessed with natural resources – key inputs to the manufacturing process. However, as is well known, the majority of these natural resources are exported to the developed world in their raw or semi-processed form, says Frost & Sullivan Africa industry unit consulting manager James... 

Regional cohesion, energy security to aid Africa’s struggling manufacturing sector

Lenders' technical adviser appointed for N Cape CSP project

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2013 Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed lenders’ technical adviser by Investec Bank and Absa Bank for the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, being developed in Groblershoop, in the Northern Cape. The two banks are the mandated lead arrangers for the R5-billion... 

Lenders' technical adviser appointed for N Cape CSP project

Construction advances on Zim solar-powered tollgates

By: Natalie Greve     13th December 2013 The construction of 22 solar-powered tollgates continues to advance across Zimbabwe, with completion targeted for the first quarter of 2014. The solar power initiative, which fell within the country’s plan to upgrade its road transport services as part of an overall infrastructure improvement... 

Construction advances on Zim solar-powered tollgates

Bank wins bid for first biomass project in SA

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank is financing a concentrated solar power (CSP) project and a biomass project awarded in round three of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).  “This is the first biomass project to be awarded in the... 

Black women-owned company receives preferred bidder status

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 Black women-owned company DLO Energy Resources has succeeded in the third round of bidding under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) through its Longyuan Mulilo Maanhaarberg consortium and the Longyuan Mulilo De Aar 2 North Wind Facility Consortium. The... 

Foreign investment set to rise in SA

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 The success of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is leading to investors showing increasing interest in bidding for future rounds, says Italy-based company Enel Green Power, the Enel Group renewable specialist. The REIPPPP was launched... 

Foreign investment set to rise in SA
POTENTIAL FOR CLEAN ENERGY Africa is endowed with large diversity of renewable-energy resources, including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass technologies

Growth in renewable energy sector for SA

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 The renewable-energy industry in South Africa is experiencing significant growth as a result of government initiatives, says consulting firm Frost & Sullivan energy and power analyst Joanita Roos. “The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is... 

Law firm continues to represent REIPPPP preferred bidders

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 South African law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has once again represented projects that have been awarded preferred bidder status as part of round three of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr director and national practice head of... 

Law firm continues to represent REIPPPP preferred bidders
KIERAN WHYTEThe REIPPPP programme has placed South Africa on the map for renewable energy and it is showing the world that South Africa can run a sophisticated procurement programme

South Africa a leader in renewable energy

By: Carina Borralho     13th December 2013 Owing to the abundance of natural resources, paired with the success of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), South Africa is now widely considered one of the leading renewable- energy investment destinations worldwide, says energy consulting firm 3E... 

Renewables developer sets up capital-raising arm

By: Terence Creamer     12th December 2013 Independent renewable-energy company Mainstream Renewable Power, which is in the process of developing a sizeable South African portfolio, has launched a new capital-raising unit designed to secure competitive financing for wind and solar projects. Known as Mainstream Capital the business will... 

Renewables developer sets up capital-raising arm
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