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Renewable Energy News

Big renewables financing push a highlight of bank’s sustainability report

By: Joanne Taylor     17th May 2013 Standard Bank Group (SBG) has recently released its 2012 ‘Sustainability Report’ and says its sustainability programmes are mutually reinforcing and have served the company well. 

CSP prototype plant exceeds expectations

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th May 2013 The 150 kW concentrated solar power (CSP) heated prototype plant at State-owned power utility Eskom’s research and innovation centre in Rosherville, Germiston, has exceeded design expectations, as it presents immense potential for power station augmentation. 

Power transmission partners renew cooperation agreement

By: Samantha Herbst     17th May 2013 French electricity major Alstom Grid and local electrical equipment manufacturer Actom have renewed their technologies cooperation agreement for the next two years, having officiated their partnership at a signing ceremony, in Johannesburg, last month. The agreement gives Actom, the largest... 

Eskom awards 46 wind-turbine contract for Sere wind farm 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2013 State-owned electricity group Eskom has awarded technology group Siemens the contract to supply 46 wind turbines to its 100 MW Sere wind farm project, which is being developed on a 3 700 ha site near Vredendal in the Western Cape. The R2.4-billion renewable-energy project is scheduled to begin... 

Eskom awards 46 wind-turbine contract for Sere wind farm

Amplats considers introducing solar power at mines 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2013 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has called for expressions of interests (EoI) from independent power producers for the supply of electric power for its operations. The company, which aimed to enter into a long-term power purchase agreement, was seeking service providers to... 

Homegrown solar thermal demonstration plant put through its paces 

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2013 Energy specialist BBEnergy has commissioned its 150 kW concentrated solar thermal demonstration plant at State-owned power utility Eskom’s research and development site, in Rosherville, and aims to deploy larger-scale solar thermal plants to provide process heat for the mining industry, says... 

Indoor energy harvesting innovation under development

     10th May 2013 UK-based organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology developer Solar Press is investigating the potential use of flexible plastic-based OPV modules to be used for an energy harvesting application to supply power for remote, autonomous sensors within buildings. 

Waste and residual biomass can be converted into energy products

     10th May 2013 A biomass-to-energy plant is being built to convert sugarcane waste to ‘green charcoal’, which will provide additional revenue for small-scale farmers in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, says consulting engineering firm Aurecon project manager Jean Bouwer. Second-generation biomass-to-energy technologies... 

19 more renewables projects close as SA gears up for third bid round 

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2013 South Africa’s rolling renewable-energy procurement programme has gained further momentum with another 19 projects reaching financial close on May 9 and with the tender documentation for the third bid window having also been released into the market. The second bid-window projects – identified as... 

Carbon tax policy proposal aligns with international trends, but gaps remain  

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2013 As South Africa moved to become a carbon-taxed economy by 2015, gaps were emerging in the proposed policy as to how the country would account for its emissions and who would be responsible, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon. South Africa planned to mitigate its high greenhouse-gas (GHG)... 

First Solar gearing up for SA’s next renewables bid window

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2013 Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer and solar project developer First Solar, of the US, is preparing a number of projects for submission during the third bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Regional director Johan... 

First Solar gearing up for SA’s next renewables bid window

AfDB’s CIF gives go-ahead for revised CSP plan for some African countries

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     7th May 2013 The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) $7.6-billion Climate Investment Fund (CIF) on Tuesday permitted Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia to proceed with an updated version of a sweeping plan to create an unparalleled 1 120 MW of energy from concentrated solar power (CSP) for the... 

Soventix to build 304 kWp roof-mounted PV system

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     6th May 2013 Photovoltaic (PV) project development and construction company Soventix South Africa has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract worth more than R5-million to build a roof-mounted PV plant for printed circuit board manufacturer Bosco’s Edenvale factory. The plant would... 

Cape farm installs roof-mounted solar solution for produce cooling

By: Joanne Taylor     3rd May 2013 Solar power systems manufacturer SolarWorld Africa and its distribution partner, African Technical Innovations (ATI), supplied and installed the agriculture sector’s first and largest roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at the fruit and vegetable cooling facility, Ceres Koelkamers, in the... 

Fast-track Mozambique power project gains recognition

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     3rd May 2013 The Aggreko/Shanduka cross-border power project, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique, has been awarded Africa’s Best Fast Track Power Project for 2012 at the Africa Energy Awards. 

R300m SA wind tower factory to reach full production by Feb/March 2014

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd May 2013 South Africa’s first wind tower manufacturing facility, which will be built at a cost of R300-million in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, outside Port Elizabeth, would produce its first units by November and reach full production by February or March next year, DCD Wind Towers MD Rob King... 

ABB secures $25m order for Northern Cape PV plant

     2nd May 2013 Power and automation technology group ABB has secured a $25-million order to supply electrical and control systems for a new 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the Northern Cape. Owned by South African construction company WBHO and Italian renewable-energy developer Building Energy, the... 

Soitec raises R1bn bond for Touwsrivier solar project

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2013 Semiconductor materials manufacturer Soitec announced on Tuesday that it had concluded a R1-billion bond issuance and that the proceeds would be used to help finance the construction of a 44 MW concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar plant in Touwsrivier, South Africa. The transaction was a first... 

Northen Cape solar project going ahead, despite reported bankruptcy of Suntech’s China facility

By: Joanne Taylor     26th April 2013 Solar panel producer Suntech Power Holdings’ China facility was reported by Reuters to have filed for bankruptcy, but it is going ahead with two projects to supply two separate sites in the Northern Cape with a total of 100 MW of solar panels, says Suntech founder Dr Zhengrong Shi. 

Metalworkers fund sets up R1bn renewables debt facility

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2013 The Metal Industries Benefit Funds Administrators (Mibfa) has confirmed that it will commit up to R1-billion for the provision of debt finance for projects participating in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The funds will be administered... 

Dames selected for UN, World Bank global energy initiative committee

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th April 2013 The United Nations and the World Bank on Friday announced its selection of 42 members for its global public–private partnership Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The advisory board, which comprised leaders in business, finance, government and civil society, would be co-chaired by UN... 

Asset manager provides R2.5bn for solar, wind projects

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     19th April 2013 Asset manager Futuregrowth Asset Management has provided R2.5-billion in debt funding, which will offer investment opportunities in new solar and wind projects for clients’ funds under management. 

New corporation expects to service local PV industry

     19th April 2013 Turnkey photovoltaic (PV) systems supplier GPtech and electrical engineering group CBI-Electric have signed an agreement with the object of manufacturing and selling GPtech’s equipment in South Africa to supply the country’s future photovoltaic PV projects.  

Precast concrete products important in power generation

     19th April 2013 Products from admixture producer Chryso Southern Africa can play a vital role in ensuring speed and uniformity in production of precast concrete elements for the turbines which are expected to become a major source of power generation in South Africa in the future, says Chryso technical services... 

PV module manufacturer determined to contribute to SA’s electricity supply

     19th April 2013 Local interest in photovoltaic (PV) technology has heightened since the launch in 2011 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Romano Group awarded Megawatt Park PV project

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2013 Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems integrator Romano Group has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 360 kWp grid-tied solar PV system to be installed on the roof of Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office, in Johannesburg. This was the first project of several... 

Standard Banks’ R10bn renewable lending boosts international green status

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2013 Financial firm Standard Bank’s R9.4-billion involvement in government-approved renewable-energy projects has earned the bank the ranking of twelfth greenest bank globally by Bloomberg Markets. Each year, Bloomberg Markets assesses the top 40 global banks based on their lending to clean-energy... 

Solar and wind great for ‘off-grid’ power, nuclear best for ‘baseload’ 

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2013 South Africa must be careful in its choice of future energy sources, using different technologies for different requirements. “When we choose sources of energy – electricity – we must choose wisely and responsibly,” argued independent energy consultant Andrew Kenny at the recent Nuclear African... 

Investment in Zambia power generation critical for continued growth

By: Natalie Greve     10th April 2013 Zambia would need to install an additional 4 330 MW of power generation capacity at a cost of $12-billion by 2020 to ensure the country’s continued economic growth, Copperbelt Energy Corporation strategy and regulation director Sylvester Hibajene said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Power &... 

DoE to approach small power producers for REIPPPP before year-end  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th April 2013 The Department of Energy (DoE) will, before the end of this year, advertise for small power producers, with projects under 5 MW, to participate in its small-generator programme under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), DoE deputy director-general of... 

New R50m Wild Coast hotel on the cards

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2013 Four entrepreneurs from an Eastern Cape village have initiated the construction of a R50-million green hotel. The 100-room Nkanya Lodge, to be constructed in Elliotdale, on the Wild Coast, was expected to be powered completely by renewable-energy sources such as solar and wind power. 

Gas key to SA’s future power mix

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th April 2013 Gas would form a key part of South Africa’s future power generation mix, with the focus to fall on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the short term and on shale gas in the long term, Standard Bank power and infrastructure head in South Africa Ntlai Mosiah said Monday. “The implications for South... 

Kenya Power signs 140 MW power purchase deal

By: Reuters     8th April 2013 Kenya Power has signed a deal to buy 140 MW of geothermal electricity from private producer AGIL for 25 years starting in 2018, Kenya Power said in a statement on Monday. Demand for electricity from firms and homes outstrips Kenya's installed generation capacity, which frequently leads to... 

First turbines for Cookhouse wind farm arrive in SA 

By: Natalie Greve     8th April 2013 The first consignment of 16 turbines for the Cookhouse wind farm has arrived at the Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The delivery of these turbines, which feature 44-m-long blades, was the first under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Next 19 renewables projects to close ‘in April’, as final touches are put to new tender 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2013 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed that the financial-close deadline for the 19 second-bid-window projects identified under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been delayed to the fourth week of April, from the initial deadline... 

Expo hopes to tap into new-found interest in African growth

     5th April 2013 Africa’s industrial market is ripe for exploration by technology businesses in the oil, gas and petroleum, energy, water and manufacturing sectors, says Exhibition Management Services (EMS) MD John Thomson. 

Sefa, partners launch competition for West Africa clean energy

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd April 2013 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) and its partners have launched a business plan competition dubbed the West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (Wafcef) to identify promising regional entrepreneurs and unlock renewable-energy and energy efficiency investments in West Africa.... 

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