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SunPower breaks ground on 86 MW Prieska solar power plant

     20th April 2015 Solar panels and systems designer SunPower on Monday started construction on the 86 MW peak Prieska solar power plant in the Northern Cape. The project, which would become operational in 2016, was the third solar power plant to be built by SunPower under the South African government's Renewable... 

Project developer to launch off-grid memorial parks

By: Natalie Greve     20th April 2015 Black-empowered residential project developer Calgro M3 is set to launch a subsidiary that will operate completely off the national electricity grid, generating its own renewable energy to power all aspects of the business, including its administration office. Calgro M3 Memorial Parks would focus... 

Project developer to launch off-grid memorial parks

Pele Green Energy named preferred bidders on two wind energy projects

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2015 South African independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE) has been granted preferred bidder status on two 140 MW wind projects as part of the fourth bidding window for the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). PGE... 

Pele Green Energy named preferred bidders on two wind energy projects

Four stats you should know about project management and engineering in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th April 2015 Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of business objectives. As such, the... 

Four stats you should know about project management and engineering in South Africa

Vanguard completes turnkey project at two peaking power plants

     17th April 2015 International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of high electricity demand or supply... 

Vanguard completes turnkey project at two peaking power plants
Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system

Rooftop solar is the way forward – power management company

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.  

Rooftop solar is the  way forward – power management company
LOUIS SHAFFER It would be in South Africa’s best interest to pursue rooftop solar to add a few gigawatts in the near future

Solar panel coating extends performance

     17th April 2015 China-based solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Yingli Solar) announced in January that CleanARC anti-reflective (AR) glass coating is now available on all Yingli product lines. 

Solar panel coating extends performance
Photo by Duane Daws
HARSH ENVIRONMENTS CleanARC coatings serve to extend the performance of photovoltaic products in harsh conditions

Egypt diversifies energy mix

     17th April 2015 Electrical engineering company Siemens and the Egyptian government reached two firm agreements on March 14, firstly to build a 4.4 GW combined-cycle power plant and, secondly, to install wind power capacity of 2 GW – both in Egypt. 

Egypt diversifies energy mix
HARNESSING WIND POWER Siemens will manufacture rotor blade for wind turbines to contribute to the 2 GW of wind power capacity that will be generated in Egypt

Dubai diversifies energy mix with solar farm expansion

     17th April 2015 The regulations to govern solar power connection in Dubai homes and businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are in the final stages of development. 

Dubai diversifies  energy mix with solar  farm expansion
EXPANDING USE OF SOLAR Regulations in Dubai are aimed at encouraging people to install solar energy

Energy crunch could prove a long-term boon for SA industry

By: Schalk Burger     17th April 2015 While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency... 

Energy Minister announces successful fourth round renewable-energy projects 

By: Kim Cloete     16th April 2015 The Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the names of 13 projects that have been accepted in the fourth bidding window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The 13, which would make up 1 121 MW installed capacity on the national grid, were... 

Energy Minister announces successful fourth round renewable-energy projects
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Roggeveld wind farm among REIPPPP fourth-window winners

By: Natalie Greve     16th April 2015 The 138 MW Roggeveld wind farm, in the Karoo, is one of five wind projects across the country to have been awarded preferred bidder status in the fourth round of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on... 

Roggeveld wind farm among REIPPPP fourth-window winners

SA to mop up near-term renewables prospects, ahead of revamped process for 6 300 MW more 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2015 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to accelerate and expand the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), reporting that she will be seeking the concurrence of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for an additional 6 300... 

SA to mop up near-term renewables prospects, ahead of revamped process for 6 300 MW more

Three BioTherm Energy projects selected during SA’s fourth renewables round

By: Terence Creamer     15th April 2015 South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy has confirmed that three of its renewable-energy projects, with a combined capacity of 251 MW, were named as preferred bids during the fourth bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

Three BioTherm Energy projects selected during SA’s fourth renewables round
One of BioTherm's existing SA projects

CSP industry calls for more clarity on connection to the grid

By: Kim Cloete     15th April 2015 The concentrated solar power (CSP) industry in South Africa has called for clarity on connection to the power grid, as well as certainty about timeframes. “We need further clarity on timeframes and future allocation, as well as considering procurement of larger CSP portfolios to minimise cost,”... 

CSP industry calls for more clarity on connection to the grid

CSP industry hots up

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2015 With one major concentrated solar power (CSP) plant up and running near Upington, in the Northern Cape, and another two in development, players in the CSP market see much opportunity for the industry. But they have called for greater certainty from government on its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)... 

CSP industry hots up

25 MW Sappi biomass project added to SA’s growing renewables portfolio

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2015 Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The value of... 

25 MW Sappi biomass project added to SA’s growing renewables portfolio
Photo by Duane Daws
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel

Enel Green Power confirms three SA wind projects as Round 4 bids are selected

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2015 Italy’s Enel Green Power (EGP) has confirmed that three of its wind-energy projects, collectively valued at €500-million, were selected as preferred bids following the much delayed fourth bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).... 

Enel Green Power confirms three SA wind projects as Round 4 bids are selected

Nersa mulls rules for grid-tied rooftop solar 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2015 Balancing the financial sustainability of electricity distributors with the creation of a conducive environment for investment by households and businesses in rooftop solar systems, emerged as a key theme of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) public hearings on the... 

Nersa mulls rules for grid-tied rooftop solar

Chinese solar PV supplier hopes to secure big slice of SA’s rooftop market

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2015 Chinese photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer Trina Solar, which initially entered the South African market in 2011 with a focus on the utility-scale projects emerging from the Department of Energy’s renewables programme, reports that it is increasingly turning its attention to the country’s... 

Chinese solar PV supplier hopes to secure big slice of SA’s rooftop market
Trina Solar's Africa sales manager Warren Pollard

Rooftop solar system for Durban truck assembly facility

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2015 MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MTBSA) has unveiled a grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at its assembly facility in Durban, making it the first carbon-neutral MAN plant in the world. The 580 kW, 2 320-panel, 6 300 m2 system is capable of generating around 810 000 kWh of power a... 

Retailer continues sustainability drive 

By: David Oliveira     3rd April 2015 South African retailer Massmart is continuing to improve the operating efficiency of its stores by adopting more sustainable technologies, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and daylight harvesting cells for lighting, rainwater harvesting for water supply and evaporative cooling technology for... 

Retailer continues sustainability drive
South African retailer Massmart group sustainability manager Alexander Haw discusses the group’s sustainability initiatives.

Africa installed nearly 1 GW of wind power in 2014 – report 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2015 Africa installed nearly 1 GW of wind power for the first time in 2014 and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects the market to expand even faster in 2015, led by South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. Speaking during the release of the ‘Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update’, GWEC secretary... 

Africa installed nearly 1 GW of wind power in 2014 – report

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

     30th March 2015 Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues. 

Creamer Media publishes Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector research report

The role of renewable energy in South Africa’s energy mix 

     27th March 2015 Power utility Eskom has implemented regular power cuts this year to prevent the national grid being overwhelmed, as South Africa faces its worst energy crisis in decades, Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown said earlier this week, adding that power outages cost the country between $1.7-billion... 

The role of renewable energy in South Africa’s energy mix
Photo by Duane Daws
Lynne Brown

Sefa injects $780 000 into Chad solar project

By: Natalie Greve     27th March 2015 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) has approved a $780 000 preparation grant for the phase one development of the 40 MW Starsol solar photovoltaic plant, in Chad, which will become the first independent power producer (IPP) scheme to be connected to the national grid. Implementation of... 

Sefa injects $780 000 into Chad solar project

AfDB supporting more countries to advance climate-smart initiatives

By: Sashnee Moodley     20th March 2015 Through its climate investment fund (CIF), the African Development Bank (AfDB) now supports one regional and 25 national investment plans across Africa. 

AfDB supporting more  countries to advance  climate-smart initiatives
RENEWABLES The African Development Bank supports countries by implementing projects in investment plans

Real estate industry growth in Africa to be driven by eight megatrends – PwC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th March 2015 Despite the “unique” risks paired with the development of Africa, such as political instability, changing government policies, complex legal regimes, volatile currencies and investment timeframe restrictions, real estate investors and developers continued to see Africa as a significant... 

Real estate industry growth in Africa to be driven by eight megatrends – PwC

Multibillion-rand renewable-energy boost for EC 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2015 The East London industrial development zone (IDZ) will develop a wind farm that will generate in excess of three-million kilowatt-hours a year of electricity, Eastern Cape Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo announced on Wednesday. He said the IDZ, which was... 

Multibillion-rand renewable-energy boost for EC

Renewables group homes in on South Africa’s embedded solar market

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2015 Renewable energy project specialist juwi Renewable Energies, which has participated in five South African utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of more than 120 MW, reports that it is gearing up to aggressively pursue embedded solar generation opportunities that... 

Renewables group homes in on South Africa’s embedded solar market
juwi Renewable Energies South Africa MD Greg Austin

Green building on Africa city development agenda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th March 2015 With cities contributing about 70% of the world’s energy-related greenhouse-gas emissions, but only occupying 2% of land, sustainability has become one of the most significant drivers for growth, and would become entrenched in building design and occupier requirements. This was one of the... 

Green building on Africa city development agenda
An artist's impression of One Airport Square, Ghana

After navigating SA’s perilous IPPs rules, 4.4 MW biogas plant to switch on before June 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2015 After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June. Outlining the project’s... 

After navigating SA’s perilous IPPs rules, 4.4 MW biogas plant to switch on before June
Watch a time-lapse video of the construction of the Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant. Source: Bosch Projects.

DoE to spend R398m on SWH roll-out this year

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2015 The Department of Energy (DoE) has allocated R398-million to deploy an equal number of high- and low-pressure solar water heaters (SWHs) in the 2015/16 financial year, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has revealed in a Parliamentary reply. The DoE, which assumed responsibility for the... 

DoE to spend R398m on SWH roll-out this year

$660m in project funding secured for 100 MW Xina Solar One 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2015 Technology group Abengoa has announced that $660-million in project financing has been secured for the 100 MW Xina Solar One project – a parabolic-trough concentrated solar power (CSP) project, with five hours of thermal energy storage capacity, being built in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The... 

$660m in project funding secured for 100 MW Xina Solar One

SA firm pursuing $2bn solar project in Cameroon

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th March 2015 Local company GSC Energy, a subsidiary of GSC Holdings, has entered into a 27-year partnership agreement with the Cameroonian government and will undertake a $2.2-billion project to construct ten solar parks to help the country meet its energy needs.  

SA firm pursuing $2bn solar project in Cameroon
STEVEN MOTI The project is expected to produce enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 50 000 homes

Western Cape tackles energy crisis by engaging with business 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2015 To reduce the economic impact of the current energy crisis, the Western Cape government (WCG), the City of Cape Town and businesses in the region have agreed to work together to find innovative solutions for alternative energy generation. Short-term solutions included using the design of the... 

Western Cape tackles energy crisis by engaging with business

New study forecasts doubling of renewables capacity by 2025 

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2015 The global installed capacity of renewable energy could more than double to 3 203 GW in 2025 from 1 566 GW in 2012, new analysis by Frost & Sullivan shows. The study, titled ‘Annual Renewable Energy Outlook 2014’, anticipates an average yearly growth rate for of 5.7% and for solar photovoltaic... 

New study forecasts doubling of renewables capacity by 2025

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