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Renewable Energy News

Standard Bank commits R9.4bn to 11 renewables projects, pursuing more

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2012 JSE-listed Standard Bank reports that it is backing 11 of the 28 wind and solar projects selected following the first bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) and that it has underwritten R9.4-billion worth of debt for the developments. The... 

Abengoa’s first solar power tower outside Spain to be built in Upington 

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2012 Leading renewable-energy group Abengoa, of Spain, reports that it has started construction on two solar power projects in South Africa, following the signing on Monday of agreements enabling independent power producers to proceed with the country’s first large-scale renewable-energy projects.... 

Strong support for SA’s renewables model as first deals are concluded

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2012 There was an overwhelmingly positive reaction from developers, investors, financiers and suppliers on Monday, November 5, to the eventual signing of the agreements needed to facilitate the entry of the first large-scale renewable-energy projects into South Africa, some of which should begin... 

Conference to focus on Eastern Cape’s renewable-energy prospects

     2nd November 2012 The Eastern Cape, in partnership with the European Union (EU), is hosting a renewable-energy conference and exhibition, which aims to shape and advance socioeconomic development in the province through the large-scale deployment and integration of renewable-energy sources into the energy system. 

South Africa leading in implementation of green economy

By: Anine Kilian     2nd November 2012 South Africa is taking a continental lead in the integration and implementation of a green economy, as well as in putting initiatives in place to achieve the targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in an environmentally sustainability way, Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Turbines for DRC hydropower project being made in Boksburg 

By: Joanne Taylor     2nd November 2012 Two companies have teamed up to design, manufacture and deliver ten hydropower turbines to Randgold Resources, in Kibali, Democratic Republic of Congo 

New book seeks to demystify energy measurement and verification

     26th October 2012 Measurement and Verification (M&V) is a critical component in any project where energy savings need to be quantified. 

Technology in place to meet future steam turbine demands – Alstom 

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2012 Steam turbines are the largest contributor to future power generation as the technology is expected to drive 40% of the global power market’s demand in the medium term, which will average between 230 GW/y and 270 GW/y for the next five years, says French energy equipment vendor Alstom. 

Windaba speakers break down operational, maintenance costs of SA wind projects

By: Jean McKenzie     24th October 2012 The operation and maintenance (O&M) costs of wind farms in South Africa were expected to be in the mid-range of the international market, Mott MacDonald consultant Matthias Vinard said on Wednesday, adding that O&M costs ranged from €28/kW a year to €68/kW a year in international markets.... 

Wind energy localisation targets achievable, says senior IDC manager 

By: Jean McKenzie     23rd October 2012 The localisation targets for wind energy, which starts at 25% in round one of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), increasing to 40% by round three were certainly achievable, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) senior account manager Piet Badenhorst said on... 

Simpler bid documents, dialogue sessions could streamline REIPPP

By: Jean McKenzie     23rd October 2012 As round one of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) nears financial close, the Windaba 2012 conference, in Cape Town has been used as a platform to discuss experiences of the REIPPP to date and give constructive suggestions about the process as the renewable-energy... 

Financial closure on renewable projects needed to maintain investor confidence – SAWEA

By: Jean McKenzie     22nd October 2012 The second Windaba conference, organised jointly by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council, was being held in Cape Town this week at a time when many prospective independent power producers were awaiting news of the impending financial closure for... 

Global wind energy capacity to double over five years 

By: Jean McKenzie     22nd October 2012 The installed global wind capacity was expected to increase from the current 250 GW to close to 500 GW in the next five years, Global Wind Energy Council secretary general Steve Sawyer told delegates at Windaba 2012 in Cape Town on Monday. Most of the growth would come from Latin America,... 

DBSA approves R9.6bn for renewable-energy projects  

     22nd October 2012 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has approved loans amounting to R9.6-billion for 14 renewable energy projects with capacity of 896.5 MW, the development finance institution reported on Monday. These projects, which form part of the 28 successful preferred bidders of the first bid... 

Egypt turns to renewable energy to meet growing electricity demand

By: Natalie Greve     19th October 2012 The Egyptian electricity industry is expected to grow significantly, with additional power generation capacities coming online on a yearly basis for the next decade, and total installed capacity expected to double to almost 51 GW by 2020. 

Alternative energy supply strategies a key feature of upcoming event

By: Natalie Greve     19th October 2012 An upcoming Africa-hosted idea-sharing event is set to examine the role that citizens can play in the creation of ‘smarter’ cities that exploit sustainable energy sources and solidify public–private partnerships, and will also investigate strategies to advance the environmental focus of the... 

Contractor looks forward to inaugural power generation exhibtion, conference

By: Gia Costella     19th October 2012 Hitachi Power Africa, the contractor for State-owned power utility Eskom’s boilers at the Medupi and Kusile power stations, says it is excited to participate in the inaugural Power-Gen Africa conference and exhibition, which will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from... 

Event sponsor to assist African power generation industry

By: Gia Costella     19th October 2012 Engineering company Steinmüller Africa, which is part of Germany-based international engineering and power group Bilfinger and a sponsor of the inaugural Power-Gen Africa exhibition and conference, will showcase its fabrication, engineering and service offering, as well as its power plant... 

Global power generation conference, exhibition comes to Africa

By: Gia Costella     19th October 2012 The inaugural Power-Gen Africa conference and exhibition, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from November 6 to 8, will provide comprehensive coverage of Africa’s power needs, the available resources and the issues facing the power-generation sector across sub-Saharan Africa, the... 

Provider highlights advantages of solar power for Africa

By: Gia Costella     19th October 2012 In the hope of increasing awareness about the advantages of using photovoltaic (PV) solar energy, US-based global solar energy solutions provider First Solar will exhibit at the inaugural Power-Gen Africa conference and exhibition, MD for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Christopher Burghardt,... 

SA’s renewable energy advantages outlined

By: Joanne Taylor     19th October 2012 At the International Infrastructure & Invest Convention in Johannesburg last month, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) board member Christopher Haw explained that a country’s success in renewable-energy projects depended on various aspects. 

Wind-site developer pursuing 2 000 MW SA pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2012 Wind-energy site developer Windlab – which is participating in two projects that have already progressed to the preferred-bidder stage under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) – reports that it is pursuing a further 14 near-term South African prospects... 

Overhauled solar-geyser incentive to focus on industrial spin-offs 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2012 The South African government and Eskom have revised the contracting and funding models for the mass roll-out of solar water heaters (SWHs). In future, the programme will be funded by the taxpayer, rather than the electricity consumer, and will focus heavily on stimulating local manufacture and... 

DoE issues new RFPs for solar park study 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2012 The Department of Energy (DoE) has reissued three requests for proposals (RFPs) to source a team of consultants for the feasibility study of the planned 5 000 MW solar park in the Northern Cape. The RFPs were for appointment of a feasibility study consultant, an environmental assessment... 

Broad-based call for grid-access rules certainty

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2012 State-owned power utility Eskom, regulatory authority National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) and an independent power analyst called for the finalisation of revisions to laws governing grid access, the utility and independent power producers (IPPs), as this clarity will also boost... 

Proposed Zambezi hydropower dams pose some risks, expert warns 

     12th October 2012 Existing and proposed hydropower dams are not properly evaluated for the risks of natural hydrological variability, which is extremely high in the Zambezi river, not to mention the risks posed by climate change, says US State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services hydrologist... 

RFP for solar park consultants withdrawn as project site is moved 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2012 The Department of Energy (DoE) expects to issue new requests for proposals (RFPs) next week to source a team of consultants for the feasibility study of the planned 5 GW solar park in the Northern Cape. The DoE withdrew three RFPs for the appointment of a feasibility study consultant, an... 

Altron eyes SA's renewable programme for growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2012 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) sees South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) as a key strategic avenue of growth for its electrical engineering subsidiary Powertech. Altron CEO Robert Venter told Engineering News Online that the programme’s local... 

SA's renewables procurement programme to be enlarged by a further 3 200 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2012 South Africa will move to procure an additional 3 200 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2020, over and above the 3 725 MW being procured currently under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).Addressing a South Africa-Spain Business Summit in Johannesburg, Department... 

Progress on first SA renewables projects needed to re-establish momentum – Spanish industry body 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2012 Spanish renewable energy project developers and suppliers are eagerly awaiting news regarding the finalisation of the first 28 projects that were identified as preferred bidders in December under South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). Spain and Southern... 

SA cautious, sceptical, but daring with solar energy – expert

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th October 2012 Eminent renewable energy expert Christine Wörlen believes that South Africa has taken measured steps, but not a leadership role, towards rolling out renewable energy in the country. 

Biofuels lead to carbon reduction

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th October 2012 Carbon emissions and climate change advisory firm Promethium Carbon regards bioenergy as an additional solution to that of renewable energy in dealing with rising energy costs and the impacts of global warming, which are exacerbated by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. However, the firm states that... 

Local small wind turbine offered UK certification

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th October 2012 South African battery manufacturer Eveready’s Kestrel Renewable Energy subsidiary had its e400nb 3.5 kW wind turbine approved and certified in August as part of the UK government’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). 

Port Louis goes green with 50 kWp photovoltaic site

     5th October 2012 The municipality of Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, has installed its first 50 kWp photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of the capital’s city hall, demonstrating its intention to transform the city into an urban centre with a strong environmental focus. 

Renewable energy presents major opportunities for SA corporations

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th October 2012 Amid the uncertainty of electricity supply and rising energy costs, South African corporations should consider the move to renewable energy, as the self-generation of electricity can offer significant advantages over relying on the national grid, global strategy consultancy AT Kearney principal... 

Renewable projects set for completion in 2013

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th October 2012 Waste-to-energy company South African Clean Energy (SACE) expects to complete two renewable energy projects in 2013, reveals CEO Dave Kruger. 

SA law firm teams up with international practice to pursue African energy prospects

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2012 Local black economic-empowered law firm KapdiTwala has boosted its expertise in energy laws through its formal association with global law firm SNR Denton in September and will focus on the energy development opportunities in Africa’s economies, especially in renewable energy and oil and gas,... 

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