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Renewable Energy News

Vredendal solar plant projects set for completion this year

By: Sashnee Moodley     30th August 2013 The R400-million construction of the Aurora and Vredendal solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, in the Western Cape is underway and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.  

Basil Read on prowl for African fillip to offset erratic SA conditions

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2013 The head of JSE-listed construction group Basil Read says he remains “upbeat” about the prospects for a recovery in the South African project economy, especially from the second half of 2014. However, Marius Heyns tells Engineering News Online that the group is also targeting a further expansion... 

Basil Read on prowl for African fillip to offset erratic SA conditions
Photo by Duane Daws
Basil Read CEO Marius Heyns

Cape Town office park unveils large-scale roof-mounted solar PV system 

By: Kim Cloete     27th August 2013 An office park in Observatory, Cape Town, has unveiled the first phase of what is currently considered to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation in Southern Africa. Once completed, the system on the 78 000 m2 Black River Park offices will cover an area larger than a rugby... 

Cape Town office park unveils large-scale roof-mounted solar PV system

SA moves on baseload IPP procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     26th August 2013 There are signs that the South African government is, at last, gearing up to procure electricity capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) besides that which is already being acquired from renewable-energy IPPs. A tender has been published for the appointment of transaction advisers, as... 

SA moves on baseload IPP procurement

New map offers visibility of all renewable-energy project applications

     23rd August 2013 A new map detailing the applications for environmental authorisation to build renewable energy projects in South Africa has been released, says research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) project leader Paul Lochner. “This is the first time that a publically... 

 New map offers visibility of all renewable-energy project applications

DistribuTech to make African debut as part of co-located event

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd August 2013 Internationally renowned power transmission and distribution event DistribuTech, which has been providing a comprehensive overview of the global power distribution sector for more than 20 years, will make its Africa debut next year, in conjunction with the second Power-Gen Africa conference and... 

DistribuTech to make African debut as part of co-located event
POWER PLATFORMFollowing the success of the first Power-Gen Africa last year, event organiser PennWell International decided to co-locate next year’s event with the first DistribuTech Africa to further address the needs of Africa’s energy sector

Green industry could create more than 400 000 jobs in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd August 2013 A study of the estimated employment potential of four broad green economy strategies in South Africa has indicated that at least 445 587 jobs could be created.  

Green industry could create more than 400 000 jobs in SA
GREEN JOBS Several technologies relating to waste-to-energy and biofuels could create a further 100 000 jobs

Strong planning and management urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity

By: Joanne Taylor     23rd August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa is facing various challenges with regard to its water resources and the management thereof. It is also well recognised that South Africa needs to intensify its efforts to protect its already limited water resources and materially improve the efficiency of... 

Strong planning and management urged as SA begins to come to terms with its water scarcity

NEF acquires 23% stake in Black Lite Solar

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2013 South African black-owned photovoltaic (PV) solar company Black Lite Solar on Wednesday announced that the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) had bought a 23% stake in the company for an undisclosed sum. The primary aim of this investment by the NEF was to further its mandate of committing to and... 

NEF acquires 23% stake in Black Lite Solar

United call for electricity decisions, but less accord on nature of future mix  

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2013 It is common cause that South Africa has already left it too late to meet the 2023 schedule for the introduction of the first new nuclear capacity in line with the Integrated Resource Plan’s (IRP’s) proposal for the addition of 9 600 MW of such production by 2030. It is also widely accepted that... 

United call for electricity decisions, but less accord on nature of future mix
University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business Professor Anton Eberhard on the need for a more dynamic electricity planning system. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded: 15.8.2013.

Condition-based monitoring key to success of wind energy projects  

By: Natalie Greve     16th August 2013 Continuous formal analysis of the condition and performance of local wind energy projects is crucial to ensuring the optimisation of these assets, and can govern a project’s viability or insolvency, renewable energy industry veteran Bo Thisted has said. “An effective operations and maintenance... 

Condition-based monitoring key to success of wind energy projects
Wind energy industry veteran Bo Thisted discusses the importance of constant maintenance and monitoring of wind energy projects Recorded:16.08.13 Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd Video Editor: Shane Williams

Nampower seeks consultants for solar project EIA

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2013 Namibia Power (NamPower) on Friday started its search for an environmental impact assessment consultant for the national electricity utility’s solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. Nampower aimed to develop three 10 MW solar PV power plants in Namibia as part of its urgent strategy of securing power... 

Nampower seeks consultants for solar project EIA

More to come from renewable-energy partnership programme 

By: Joanne Taylor     16th August 2013 The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has finalised two of the 28 projects aimed at scaling up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets and selected developing countries in Africa and Asia. 

More to come from renewable-energy partnership programme
Photo by Reuters
POWER SUPPLY FOR WATERThe eThekwini municipality in Durban has already brought two mini hydroschemes on its existing infrastructure to the tender stage

Solar technologies brighten up rural areas

By: Sashnee Moodley     16th August 2013 Electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics Africa has developed a range of solar-powered technologies that have been adapted for African conditions and is suitable for use in rural villages and urban residential areas.  

Localisation will add to solar PV costs, but offers jobs and growth benefits  

By: Terence Creamer     13th August 2013 Stipulating higher levels of localisation in the roll-out of solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions in South Africa would increase unit costs by between 6% and 9.5%. However, higher levels of job creation, especially in the manufacturing sector, could offset this downside risk, a new study shows. In... 

Localisation will add to solar PV costs, but offers jobs and growth benefits
DTI acting deputy-director general for industrial policy Garth Strachen and Urban-Econ chief economist Elena Broughton on localisation potential in South Africa's solar PV sector. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded: 13.8.2013

Challenge fund aims to support African off-grid power innovations

By: Joanne Taylor     9th August 2013 The US African Development Foundation (USADF) is partnering with electric services and capital company General Electric (GE) Africa to launch the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge (Power Africa Challenge). 

Municipalities urged to probe energy efficiency solutions for treatment plants

     9th August 2013 Municipalities should investigate energy-saving opportunities by conducting energy audits and issues, such as electrical load management during peak demand periods, must be clear and understood by wastewater treatment plant operations staff, says Water Research Commission (WRC) water use and... 

R2.5bn De Aar project consolidates Solar Capital’s SA market standing 

By: Joanne Taylor     9th August 2013 Solar energy company Solar Capital signed its second Independent Power Purchase Agreement with the Department of Energy. 

R2.5bn De Aar project consolidates Solar Capital’s SA market standing
Photo by Duane Daws
75 MWThe 75 MW farm with its 1-million solar panels will generate enough electricity to power about 14 000 South African homes every year

DoE to hold first energy-plan consultations in September 

By: Terence Creamer     6th August 2013 The Department of Energy (DoE) has released the Draft Integrated Energy Planning Report for public consultation and has announced that it will host stakeholder consultations in various parts of the country during the months of September, October and November. The 160-page document presents... 

DoE to hold first energy-plan consultations in September

Japanese group invests €100m in Mainstream Renewable Power

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     5th August 2013 Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power on Monday announced a €100-million equity investment deal with Marubeni Corporation, which would see the Japanese group take a 25% stake in the company. Ireland-based Mainstream, which has plans to build wind and solar projects in South... 

Japanese group invests €100m in Mainstream Renewable Power

Construction starts on Bokpoort CSP plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2013 Construction on the 50 MWe Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant project in the Northern Cape started after reaching financial close in June, a consortium led by Saudi-based electricity and desalinated water producer, Acwa Power International, said on Friday. The R5-billion power project,... 

Construction starts on Bokpoort CSP plant

Vestas secures 105 MW order for SA turbines 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2013 Wind energy producer Innowind has tasked Germany-based Vestas to install thirty-five V112 3.0 MW wind turbines at its three wind power projects in the Eastern Cape. The 105 MW order, Vestas’ largest to date, comprised the supply, installation and commissioning of seven turbines at the Chaba wind... 

Vestas secures 105 MW order for SA turbines

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

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