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Renewable Energy News

Carbon footprint measurement tool to aid emissions reduction in SA

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 International consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV has developed a tool that can measure an organisation’s carbon footprint to help reduce its emissions, says Royal HaskoningDHV’s principal engineer Siva Chetty. The tool measures three different scopes of carbon emissions. Scope 1... 

Construction of CSP plant to start in Northern Cape

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Construction of developer, owner and operator of independent water and power projects ACWA Power’s 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project (IPP) is proposed to start in the third quarter of 2013 on the Bokpoort farm, near Upington, in the Northern Cape. The CSP IPP... 

Construction of CSP plant to start in Northern Cape
MELISSA NAIDOO The Bokpoort concentrated solar power independent power project plant is based on a Spanish design and will be installed by an engineering, procurement and construction consortium lead by Spanish contractors

Solar projects receive high-voltage transformers

     2nd August 2013 The Droogfontein and De Aar solar power projects received two high-voltage (HV) transformers, which will to enable them to connect to State-owned power utility Eskom’s network in April 2014. The HV transformers are not only the largest single components at the sites but are also critical... 

High-resolution wind resource map released for public use 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2013 The Department of Energy (DoE) on Wednesday released South Africa’s first large-scale high-resolution Wind Resource map – generated from the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) project launched last year – to the public for research, development and planning of wind farms. The map aimed to improve... 

High-resolution wind resource map released for public use

Company starts installation of largest rooftop PV system in Southern Africa

By: Natalie Greve     30th July 2013 Energy solutions provider SolarWorld Africa, in collaboration with engineering, procurement and construction partner African Technical Innovations, has started the supply and installation of a 1.015 MWp rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system in Ceres, which it says will, once completed, be the largest... 

Company starts installation of largest rooftop PV system in Southern Africa

Sasol inaugurates the country’s first gas-fired power plant 

By: Joanne Taylor     26th July 2013 Sasol New Energy inaugurated South Africa’s first gas-engine power plant at its Sasolburg site, in the Free State, earlier this month. 

Sasol inaugurates the country’s first  gas-fired power plant
MEGAPOWERThe Sasol gas-engine power plant has a 140 MW operating capacity, which can power 200 000 households

Zambia seeks investors for mini hydro projects

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th July 2013 Zambia’s energy sector offers ample opportunities for investors, Rural Electrification Authority (REA-Zambia) community mobilisation officer Naomi Sidomo said on Thursday, highlighting the particular potential for pubic–private partnerships in developing mini hydropower plants. With about 40% of... 

SA to finalise nuclear procurement ‘roadmap’ by November 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2013 South Africa should finalise its ‘nuclear procurement roadmap’ by November, Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane reports, adding that a study on the likely costs of such a programme should be completed in September. Speaking exclusively to Engineering News Online during a... 

SA to finalise nuclear procurement ‘roadmap’ by November
Photo by Duane Daws
Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe Magubane

Bank confirms R8bn in firepower for next renewables round, as it builds energy portfolio

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2013 Banking group Investec is gearing up to participate in a range of new private electricity projects in both South Africa and the rest of Africa having already expanded its exposure to six projects with a combined investment value of R20-billion. The group has approved debt funding worth... 

Bank confirms R8bn in firepower for next renewables round, as it builds energy portfolio
Investec project and infrastructure finance head Fazel Moosa

NamPower seeks strategic investor for 800 MW gas-to-power project

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2013 Power utility Namibia Power (NamPower) on Friday announced it would seek investment partners for the $1-billion Kudu combined-cycle gas and steam turbine project, near Oranjemund. The potential strategic equity investor (SEI) for the much delayed 800 MW gas-to-power project would be selected... 

NamPower seeks strategic investor for 800 MW gas-to-power project

Cape Town’s tallest building awarded five-star rating

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 The R1.6-billion Portside development, in Cape Town’s central business district, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star South Africa (SA) office design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

DEA head office receives six-star rating from Green Building Council

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 The new Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) head office, in Pretoria, received a 6 Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office Design certificate from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). 

Mandela birth town’s first high school under construction

By: Joanne Taylor     19th July 2013 Former President Nelson Mandela’s birth town of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, is having its first high school built. 

Mandela birth town’s first high school under construction
FIRST HIGH SCHOOLThe R100-million high school in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape will underpin three pillars of the Siemens commitment – skills development, sustainability and local commitment

A bright future for CSP – researchers 

By: Kim Cloete     18th July 2013 Stellenbosch University researchers believe concentrated solar power (CSP) has an extremely bright future in South Africa and could signal a tremendous economic opportunity for the country.  In terms of renewable-energy alternatives, they believe CSP is one of the most important electricity... 

Turbine component deliveries for 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm to start 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2013 The operators of the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm, which will comprise 60 Siemens SWT 2.3 MW wind turbines, will start transporting the turbine components from the Port of Ngqura to the 3 700 ha site, near Humansdorp, next week. Trucks with oversized trailers of up to 50 m in length will... 

Turbine component deliveries for 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm to start

115 MW solar power plants for Linde, Dreunberg

     12th July 2013 Solar energy provider Scatec Solar is building two photovoltaic projects (PV) to that will collectively provide 115 MW under the second round of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Government’s IRP a growth opportunity for surety sector

     12th July 2013 Two years after the promulgation of the Independent Resource Plan (IRP) 2010 by the Department of Energy, South Africa’s bourgeoning renewable-energy sector has attracted sizeable global investments into the country. According to the Financial Times, the South African sector drew more than... 

New generation and transmission required to meet Namibian power needs

By: Schalk Burger     12th July 2013 Namibia requires a significant increase in investment in new generation and transmission assets to meet the country’s increased power demands resulting from economic growth, says consulting engineering firm Hatch Energy Consulting director Robert Griesbach. Hatch helped develop a National... 

New generation and transmission required to meet Namibian power needs

Renewable-energy cable supplier expanding

     12th July 2013 German cable manufacturer Helukabel’s Johannesburg branch has moved to larger premises to allow for greater stockholding to keep up with the demand for its cabling and related products used in solar and wind power projects, in South Africa. 

Renewable-energy cable supplier expanding
POWER CABLESHelukabel has developed a full range of cables specifically for all solar applications

Basil Read Matomo starts construction of R550m wind farm 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2013 Engineering and construction has started on the R550-million, 27 MW MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm, about 30 km from Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, one month after the docking of the components at the Port of Ngqura. Lead engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Basil... 

Basil Read Matomo starts construction of R550m wind farm

Concerns that gas could undermine renewable-energy development

By: Samantha Herbst     5th July 2013 Increasing the role of gas may be one answer to a low-carbon economy, but it could also undermine support for renewable energy, said Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins at a business breakfast hosted by the firm last month. He explained that, for the last decade, the gradual rise of... 

Energy management certification can help boost efficiency, reduce consumption

By: Joanne Taylor     5th July 2013 Energy management standards, such as the ISO 50001 Energy Management certification, are crucial to businesses moving forward amid a world energy crisis, said Certification Europe founder and director Dr John Ryan at the second Eastern Cape Energy Efficiency conference, in May. 

Energy management certification can help boost efficiency, reduce consumption
DR JOHN RYANISO 50001 Energy Management certification is crucial to businesses moving forward amid a world energy crisis

Vestas expects to commission 93 MW E Cape wind farm in early 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2013 Leading wind turbine supplier Vestas has confirmed that it has received a firm order to supply 31 turbines to the 93 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind farm, which is being developed in the Eastern Cape by Cennergi, a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power. The project was selected in May last... 

Vestas expects to commission 93 MW E Cape wind farm in early 2016

Namibia eyes power exports by 2018 as it expands capacity

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd July 2013 Namibia aimed to shift the bulk of its domestic electricity demand off cross-border suppliers as it expanded its own power generation capacity, Pretoria-based commercial office of the High Commission of Namibia commercial counsellor Bonaventura Hinda said on Tuesday. Speaking at a Namibian... 

Namibia eyes power exports by 2018 as it expands capacity

Investec, Nedbank finance new 74 MW solar PV project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2013 Investec Corporate and Institutional Banking and Nedbank Capital on Monday announced the financial close of a new 74 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Northern Cape. Acciona Energy South Africa and Aveng Africa aimed to build and operate the solar PV plant – through R1.8-billion of senior... 

138 MW wind farm making good progress 

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 The construction of the turbine foundations, roads and substation civil works are progressing well for the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm project, says emerging markets power company Globeleq South Africa MD Mark Pickering. The project, between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp, in the... 

African energy sector beckoning private investors, but constraints remain

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2013 Africa’s energy sector is on the cusp of a renaissance, with the most important driver being the growth in African economies. Conversely, the lack of energy necessitates investment in energy to sustain the growth of business on the continent, says auditing and consulting firm Deloitte Southern... 

Cleaner-energy provider closer to supplying energy to national grid

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Several of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) projects achieved financial closure between May and June, including those of cleaner energy company Cennergi’s two wind farm power projects. 

De Aar solar project on track, creating job opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Work on the 50 MW photovoltaic (PV) De Aar Solar power project’s PV tables and substations are progressing well, emerging markets power company Globeleq South Africa MD Mark Pickering tells Engineering News. The project, located a few kilometres outside the town of De Aar, in the Northern Cape,... 

Droogfontein solar project enters construction phase

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 The 50 MW Droogfontein Solar Power photovoltaic (PV) project, which is 15 km outside of Kimberley, governed by the Sol Plaatje local municipality, in the Northern Cape, is on schedule to be completed by mid-2014, emerging markets power company Globeleq South Africa MD Mark Pickering informs... 

Food Security Advocate

By: Tracy Hancock     28th June 2013 Carl Moyo, sub-Saharan Africa regional director of DuPont, speaks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his journey from a milking stool, in Zimbabwe, to climbing the corporate ladder in South Africa Being a teacher would have sufficed for science-based products and services company DuPont... 

Food Security Advocate
AFRICA’S SALES REP Carl Moyo; selling the business case for Africa

REIPPPP process legally sound – legal expert

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Currently, there are no major law suites pending, which pertain to projects procured under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), owing to the transparent  and credible nature of the tender process, Law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) director and... 

Renewable-energy projects have potential to create nuclear equivalent power

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 International technical advisory company 3E believes that South Africa is making tremendous progress towards achieving the goals of South Africa’s National Energy Regulator’s national integrated resource plan through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme... 

Renewable-energy projects have potential to create nuclear equivalent power

Wind energy blows in significant opportunities for South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     28th June 2013 Wind power projects will assist in providing not only power to the national grid but much-needed skills development and job opportunities, renewable-energy  company DCD Energy marketing manager Hendrik Schoeman tells Engineering News. In May, DCD officially started construction work on its... 

IDC's green-industries portfolio grows to R10.4bn 

By: Terence Creamer     25th June 2013 The Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC’s) green industries strategic business unit (SBU), which was established in April 2011, currently has a committed portfolio valued at R10.4-billion, much of which relates to its support for South Africa’s renewable-energy project pipeline. To date,... 

IDC's green-industries portfolio grows to R10.4bn
Photo by Duane Daws
IDC green industries SBU head Rentia van Tonder

Energy production greatest driver of German investment

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 South Africa-based German immigration company Imcosa, which handles permit applications for all permit types, believes that the biggest potential for German investment in South Africa lies in energy production, especially renewable energy, in which Germany is among the most technically advanced... 

First step in realising energy partnership to be taken soon

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 An envisaged high-level working group meeting between Germany and South Africa will take place in August  in South Africa as a first step in implementing the declaration of intent that was signed in February betweenboth countries to create yearly consultations in the energy field. The aims of the... 

First step in realising energy partnership to be taken soon

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