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Renewable Energy News

Bank provides funding for REIPPP projects

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 The Development Bank of Southern Africa’s (DBSA’s) credit and investment committee has approved 11 loans totalling R6.2-billion to fund various projects in the first round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). The DBSA-funded projects represent 748 MW... 

Financial services firm supports first round bidders

     14th December 2012 Financial services provider Absa Bank, acting through its corporate and investment banking division, has provided project financing, corporate financing, risk management solutions and transactional services for preferred bidders under phase one of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy... 

Firm appointed as technical adviser

     14th December 2012 Professional services firm Arup has been appointed by a number of financial services providers and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as lender’s technical adviser (LTA) to conduct due diligence for a portfolio of eight of the 28 projects that were selected as preferred bidders for the... 

Localisation might be a challenge in future REIPPP bidding rounds

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 While the localisation targets for wind energy projects in the first window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) will be met, this will become more difficult to do by the third bidding round, says business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan energy and... 

Tracking solar PV plant under construction

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 Global renewable-energy company Building Energy expects to create 400 jobs during the 21 month construction period of its 81 MWp tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Kathu, in the Northern Cape. Construction on the project, which is one of the 28 preferred bidder projects selected in the... 

DBSA backs 11 renewables projects with funding of R6.2bn

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2012 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has confirmed that it has committed R6.2-billion for 11 of the 28 renewable-energy projects that progressed through the first bidding round under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). The DBSA-funded projects... 

Solar developer sees project scope beyond DoE-led programme  

By: Samantha Herbst     7th December 2012 South Africa’s much-praised Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) should be seen as only one part of the nation’s renewable-energy opportunity, large-scale solar power plant developer Ciel & Terre South Africa business development manager Yoann Joyeux argues. Addressing... 

Company achieves key objectives, positive about the future

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2012 Infrastructure and development group Aveng’s Engineering & Projects Company (Aveng E+PC) has made progress on two key objectives this year: being awarded preferred bidder status on two renewable-energy projects in round two of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Funders require energy efficiency evidence before supporting projects 

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2012 The specific measurements and energy reduction achieved by various energy efficiency projects or technologies must be proven and sustainable to receive funding from development organisations and fund managers for energy efficiency projects, said two finance institutions at the Industrial... 

Ingula advancing toward 2015 completion date despite gradient challenges

     7th December 2012 Work on the region’s largest hydropower and tunneling project, currently under construction in the Drakensberg mountain range between Harrismith and Ladysmith, in Kwazulu Natal, is progressing well, with the bulk of the initial excavation work completed, despite the steep gradient presenting a... 

ABB wins Limpopo solar power orders worth $225m  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     4th December 2012 Power and automation technology group ABB has won orders worth about $225-million to supply two turnkey photovoltaic (PV) power plants that will be built in Limpopo. Core Energy and Erika Energy, two special purpose entities whose main shareholders include Sun Edison, placed the orders for the... 

October says industrialisation requires back-to-basics approach

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2012 Africa’s regional economic integration could be achieved through industrialisation, but a “back-to-basics” approach was required, particularly for South Africa, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said. He said that Africa’s underdevelopment was partly owing to... 

AfriSam signs pledge to reduce energy consumption

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd December 2012 Cement producer Afrisam became the first construction materials company to sign the 49m pledge on Monday, raising the number of big businesses and organisations now backing the energy-efficiency campaign to 70 . Eskom CEO Brian Dames praised the committment, while again warning that the South... 

Renewables salaries battle to compete with established industries – survey

By: Natalie Greve     30th November 2012 The results of the inaugural Renewable Energy Salary Survey, conducted by AltGen Recruitment during October, have revealed demographics typical of a new, immature market where salaries are still being funded by debt-equity, and have exposed an industry that cannot yet compete with established... 

SA needs to firm up power project pipeline if it hopes to extract spin-offs

By: Tracy Hancock     30th November 2012 South Africa will not fully benefit from the skills developed by various contractors during the construction of State power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, if a decision is not made in the next year on the construction of ‘Coal 3’, ‘Nuclear 1’ or renewables projects,... 

US to set up Joburg finance hub for clean-energy projects 

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2012 Three US government agencies have teamed up to establish a Clean Energy Development and Finance Centre (CEDFC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, which will support the development of renewable-energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa. The CEDFC, which will operate from the US Consulate General,... 

Green economy opens opportunities for local manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2012 Growing the green economy in South Africa would open a number of opportunities in the manufacturing sector, particularly for solar water heaters, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Under the Green Economy Accord, launched last year with an aim of creating 300 000 jobs by... 

SA’s Green Fund attracts 590 applications

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2012 A total of 590 funding applications for potential sustainable-development projects worth R10.9-billion have been received following the issuance of request for proposals (RFP) under the South African government’s newly established Green Fund. The RFP closed on October 24, with funding... 

Construction to start soon on 73.8 MW Karoo wind project 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2012 South African investment holding company Shanduka Group, together with its consortium partners, would shortly begin construction of a 73.8 MW wind power project near Victoria West, in the Karoo. The R1.5-billion Noblesfontein wind power project reached financial close earlier this month and is... 

Baragwanath may get trigeneration power plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th November 2012 Gauteng MEC for infrastructure development Qedani Mahlangu was exploring the feasibility of installing a gas-fuelled trigeneration power plant at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in Johannesburg, to mitigate the facility’s power challenges. The MEC, who toured telecoms group MTN’s 2 MW,... 

East Africa’s renewables market poised for growth - report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2012 Strong economic growth in East Africa, which is driving demand for electricity, both on- and off-grid, could also stimulate the territory’s renewable-energy market, new analysis by growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan asserts. The report, titled 'Strategic analysis of the renewable energy... 

Eskom replaces low-pressure SWH rebates with contract model

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     14th November 2012 The rebate scheme for State utility Eskom’s low-pressure rebate solar water heaters (SWH) would be phased out in December and replaced by a contractual procurement model, residential and municipal sector manager Fikile Segole said on Wednesday. Eskom stated last year that a contractual approach... 

Consortium to begin work soon on SA wind and solar projects 

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2012 The developers of the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, as well as a 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in De Aar and the 50 MW solar PV farm in Droogfontein, both in the Northern Cape, expect to begin construction soon and say all projects should be fully operational by... 

Cape firm aims to expand solar portfolio after initial project success

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2012 Cape-based renewable energy company Solar Capital, which has signed agreements with government and Eskom opening the way for a 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Northern Cape, reports that it is already working on a second project and aims to bid additional solar PV capacity when the... 

Namibian telecoms firms dump diesel generators for fuel cells

By: Joanne Taylor     9th November 2012 Namibia mobile telecommunications providers Leo and Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) are entering the green revolution by replacing their diesel generators at cell sites with fuel cells. 

Developers of Kathu solar park expect to start building this month

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2012 The developers of the Kathu solar park, in the Northern Cape, expect to be on site before the end of November to begin the construction of an 81 MW tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which was among the 28 renewable-energy projects to sign power purchase and implementation agreements with... 

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... 

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