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Renewable Energy News

UJ unveils latest solar car as it gears up for 2014 competition

By: Irma Venter     8th August 2014 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun. 

EIB to provide R1.1bn in funding for Northern Cape CSP project

By: Leandi Kolver     7th August 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom and long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), have signed a new R1.1-billion, or €75-million, finance contract to support a 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, to be established near Upington, in the Northern Cape. The CSP project... 

EIB to provide R1.1bn in funding for Northern Cape CSP project

EIB, DBSA sign R1.4bn solar financing deal  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2014 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has signed a R1.4-billion finance contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the development of the 100 MW !KaXu concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape. Engineering and technology company Abengoa is developing... 

EIB, DBSA sign R1.4bn solar financing deal

Solar PV installation to supply up to 45% of voestalpine VAE’s electricity needs  

By: Leandi Kolver     6th August 2014 A 353 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at turnout systems company voestalpine VAE South Africa’s Isando premises would supply between 40% and 45% of the company’s daily electricity requirements, CEO David Marite said. The company had invested about R8-million in the plant, which was officially... 

Solar PV installation to supply up to 45% of voestalpine VAE’s electricity needs
voestalpine VAE SA CEO David Marite and SUNCYbernetics Faure van Schalkwyk discuss the solar PV installation. Camerawork & editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 06/08/2014.

Clarity required on drivers of South Africa’s nuclear policy 

     6th August 2014 In his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) in June, President Jacob Zuma fleetingly highlighted government’s support of a strategy to raise nuclear generation capacity in South Africa (quoting the potential for the addition of over 9 000 MW of nuclear capacity), while highlighting shale gas and... 

Clarity required on drivers of South Africa’s nuclear policy

$80m solar PV factory officially opens in Cape Town 

By: Kim Cloete     5th August 2014 China-based solar PV giant, Jinko Solar, has officially opened a state of the art factory in Cape Town, creating 250 jobs and producing 1 300 solar PV modules a day. It’s the NYSE-listed company’s first manufacturing plant outside China. 

$80m solar PV factory officially opens in Cape Town
Photo by Kim Cloete
Jinko Solar factory

Nedbank Capital set to raise energy exposure to cater for baseload 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2014 The investment banking business of Nedbank, which has a R20-billion exposure to South Africa’s renewable-energy market, expects to significantly increase funding limits in the South African energy space to create capacity for involvement in the upcoming coal and gas baseload programmes. Nedbank... 

Nedbank Capital set to raise energy exposure to cater for baseload
Mike Peo

O’Flaherty outlines ‘production first’ strategy for steel group 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2014 Newly appointed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Paul O’Flaherty delivered an unambiguous ‘production first’ message in his inaugural interaction with the investment community on Friday, saying his management team was committed to “fill the mills, produce to capacity, reduce costs and sell... 

O’Flaherty outlines ‘production first’ strategy for steel group
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Paul O’Flaherty on the group's plan to 'produce to capacity, reduce costs and sell aggressively'. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 1.7.2014

Work officially under way at Cennergi’s 134.4 MW Bedford wind project 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2014 Work has officially started at Cennergi’s R3.5-billion Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, located near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. The 138 MW project was among the 19 renewable-energy and seven wind projects selected following the second bid window under the South African government’s Renewable Energy... 

Work officially under way at Cennergi’s 134.4 MW Bedford wind project
An aloe plant in the foreground as construction gets under way at the Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm project site

City of Cape Town gets energy boost with new 1.2 MW private rooftop solar plant 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2014 A 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, positioned on the rooftop of a Cape Town office block, would feed excess electricity into the City of Cape Town’s electrical distribution network. The Black River Park solar project would sell electricity back to the city for 49.72c/kWh – lower than the... 

City of Cape Town gets energy boost with new 1.2 MW private rooftop solar plant

Solar revenues set to rise, but supportive policy seen as key driver 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2014 Global revenues from solar energy operations could double from $59.84-billion in 2013 to $137-billion in 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan shows. The consultancy’s ‘Global Solar Power Market’ report says the total global installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity stood at 137 GW last year,... 

Solar revenues set to rise, but supportive policy seen as key driver

UJ rolls out Ilanga II for Sasol Solar Challenge, World solar race to follow

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2014 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will participate in the Sasol Solar Challenge 2014 with its latest solar car, the Ilanga II. Ilanga is the isiZulu word for the sun. 

UJ rolls out Ilanga II for Sasol Solar Challenge, World solar race to follow
The Ilanga II

ArcelorMittal South Africa to upgrade plate mill to supply rising wind-tower demand

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2014 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reports that it is planning an upgrade to its plate mill at Vanderbijlpark in quarter four 2014, which will enable it to produce heavy plates of up to 11 t for South Africa’s emerging wind-tower manufacturing sector. The JSE-listed group has... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa to upgrade plate mill to supply rising wind-tower demand
The Vanderbijlpark plate mill, which is to be upgraded

Financial close for third window renewables projects shifted to November

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2014 Financial close for bid window three under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extended from the end of July to November, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson revealed on Monday. Delivering her Budget Vote in Parliament, the... 

Financial close for third window renewables projects shifted to November

Multi-energy-source solution offers water-heating alternative

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 A 500 ℓ to 2 000 ℓ integrated multi-energy source water heating system can be used in the healthcare, hospitality and up-market residential markets in South Africa, says Nobel solar water heater local distributor Enerjetic director Peter Strydom. The system uses solar energy as its main energy... 

 Multi-energy-source solution offers water-heating alternative

Denel Dynamics interns working on a challenging project

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th July 2014 The 2014 class of interns at the Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy of Learning (EAL) is now well into meeting the challenge that has been given to it. The EAL is based at the main Denel Dynamics facility in Centurion, south of Pretoria, in Gauteng and serves to take newly graduated engineers and... 

Strong support for more gas in SA’s energy mix, but constraints linger 

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th July 2014 Government’s Gas Utilisation Master Plan (Gump), Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) underline that gas is not only a substitutable alternative to coal but a definitive and substantial part of South Africa’s energy mix. 

Strong support for more gas in SA’s energy mix, but constraints linger

40 MW solar-tracking PV plant begins producing in N Cape 

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2014 Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar’s 40 MW Linde solar photovoltaic (PV) project, located near Hanover in South Africa’s Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology. The project is the Norwegian group’s second utility-scale solar PV plant completed under the... 

40 MW solar-tracking PV plant begins producing in N Cape

Global renewables investors warn SA prices becoming ‘dangerously low’ 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2014 The joint developers of the R3-billion Jeffreys Bay wind farm, situated alongside the N2 in Eastern Cape, have lauded South Africa’s transparent and well-run renewable-energy bidding programme and indicated on Wednesday that they would be participating in the upcoming fourth bid window. However,... 

Global renewables investors warn SA prices becoming ‘dangerously low’

DoE gears up for baseload-coal IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2014 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and Eskom’s capacity to connect the... 

DoE gears up for baseload-coal IPP procurement

Strong demand for space in Innovation Hub’s biotech park

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2014 Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move into the park in the third quarter... 

     Strong demand for space in Innovation Hub’s biotech park
SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology

Large cable supply for local renewable-energy sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel supplied solar, fibre-optic,... 

Large cable supply for local renewable-energy sector
Photo by Helukabel
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa

New range of tapes for cable applications

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 Local manufacturer of cable accessories and connectivity solutions provider Tank Industries will launch a new range of high-quality rubber and polyvinyl-chloride tapes for low- and medium-voltage cable applications this month. “Applications of the Plymouth brand of tapes, which are manufactured... 

New range of tapes for cable applications
Photo by Tank Industries
MARKET NICHE Applications of the tape range include general and mining cable jointing and cable termination

Sierre Leone receives $9m funding for Freetown Solar Park

By: Leandi Kolver     30th June 2014 The government of Sierra Leone has been awarded $9-million in funding through the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) /Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (AFDF) financing facility to develop the 6 MW Freetown Solar Park project. At a total project cost of $18-million, the solar park would... 

Sierre Leone receives $9m funding for Freetown Solar Park

SA’s green-jobs focus a good first step, but implementation needs work 

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2014 The South African government has identified the green economy as one of 12 job drivers that could help contribute to what increasingly appears to be a highly ambitious target of creating five-million additional jobs by 2020. In fact, the New Growth Path, in which the sectoral jobs targets are... 

SA’s green-jobs focus a good first step, but implementation needs work

CIS technology introduced onto local market

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Local solar supply and installation specialist Sinetech has introduced Japanese-manufactured copper, indium and selenium (CIS) solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to the local renewable-energy market. Sinetech GM Herbert Teubner tells Engineering News that the company first introduced the... 

CIS technology introduced onto local market
CIS MODULE The modules offer a higher performance ratio than crystalline silicon and have higher efficiency

Delay in pumped-storage scheme schedule shortened

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom plans to evaluate the remaining scope of work of the Ingula pumped-storage scheme to  synchronise the project’s first unit to South Africa’s electricity grid as close to the original project timeframe as possible Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan... 

Delay in pumped-storage scheme schedule shortened
Photo by Eskom
SCHEDULE ACCELERATION Eskom will determine how to accelerate the Ingula project schedule to achieve earlier power commission

Energy solutions firm targets larger market share as it opens in Gauteng

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th June 2014 Energy solutions company ThermoWise is offering its clients personal service, backed by local support, with the opening of its Gauteng branch, where it hopes to achieve a market share of 75% in the long-term.  

Government braces for more REIPPPP submissions

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The South African Department of Energy (DoE) expects the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to receive higher numbers of bid submissions this year than in previous rounds of bidding. The REIPPPP was initiated in 2011 to encourage private-sector investment... 

Government braces for more REIPPPP submissions

Local manufacturers improve quality

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is helping local manufacturers that supply the programme’s projects to manufacture quality products that meet international standards, states local fastener solutions provider SA Bolt... 

Local manufacturers improve quality
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL CAPABILITIES Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has presented extensive growth opportunities for local manufacturers

Preliminary work for new builds conducted

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third coal-fired power station,... 

Preliminary work for new builds conducted
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds

Private sector to support additional power supply

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 Although additional baseload power stations will be required to combat the shortage in the electricity supply industry in South Africa, the exact time at which the next new baseload power station would be commissioned, after the commissioning of the current new build projects, is extremely... 

Private sector to support additional power supply
Photo by Bloomberg
POWER SUPPORT Sanea suggests that the private sector should be included with greater momentum to provide additional power supply

REIPPPP reduces cost of renewable-energy technologies

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extremely successful in reducing the cost of solar, wind and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, says State-owned power utility Eskom renewables senior GM Ayanda Nakedi. Nakedi tells... 

REIPPPP reduces cost of  renewable-energy technologies
MEGAWATT PARK Through the Ilanga solar PV project campaign, Eskom has installed photovoltaic panels at Megawatt Park power station

Renewable energy to account for more than 20% power by 2030

     27th June 2014 Renewable energy is expected to account for 20% nameplate capacity in South Africa’s total power generation capacity by 2030, states consulting firm Frost & Sullivan in its report, titled ‘The renewable energy services market and its potential in South Africa.’ Frost & Sullivan energy &... 

Renewable energy to account for more than 20% power by 2030
JOHAN MULLER The renewable-energy sector has a lower job creation potential compared with the transport and tourism sector

Renewables council to present united voice

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The newly launched South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) aims to consolidate the voices of the renewable-energy sector and represent them to government and other stakeholders as the country’s renewable-energy sector experiences unprecedented growth, says the council. Sarec comprises the... 

Renewables council to present united voice
Photo by Duane Daws
DAVIN CHOWN Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has helped address community development challenges

Sunlight harvester growing market share 

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 Sunlight harvesting systems supplier Light Sculptors reports that its services have been well received by the South African wine industry and food manufacturing industry. Light Sculptors is the first company to focus on developing and selling sunlight harvesting systems for the South African... 

Sunlight harvester growing market share
Light Sculptors CEO Fanie Neethling discusses light harvesting.

Time for ‘Leaders’ to make way for ‘Managers’

     27th June 2014 The South Africa renewable energy industry is maturing, and many highly entrepreneurial project developers are now exiting the ‘start-up’ mind-set and entering a period of longer-term thinking, with companies starting to think beyond just the next bid window, recruitment agency AltGen Recruitment... 

Time for ‘Leaders’ to make way for ‘Managers’
Photo by Bloomberg
RENEWABLE ENERGY South Africa's renewable energy industry is maturing

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