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Renewable Energy News

New corporation expects to service local PV industry

     19th April 2013 Turnkey photovoltaic (PV) systems supplier GPtech and electrical engineering group CBI-Electric have signed an agreement with the object of manufacturing and selling GPtech’s equipment in South Africa to supply the country’s future photovoltaic PV projects.  

Precast concrete products important in power generation

     19th April 2013 Products from admixture producer Chryso Southern Africa can play a vital role in ensuring speed and uniformity in production of precast concrete elements for the turbines which are expected to become a major source of power generation in South Africa in the future, says Chryso technical services... 

PV module manufacturer determined to contribute to SA’s electricity supply

     19th April 2013 Local interest in photovoltaic (PV) technology has heightened since the launch in 2011 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Romano Group awarded Megawatt Park PV project

By: Natalie Greve     17th April 2013 Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems integrator Romano Group has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 360 kWp grid-tied solar PV system to be installed on the roof of Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office, in Johannesburg. This was the first project of several... 

Standard Banks’ R10bn renewable lending boosts international green status

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th April 2013 Financial firm Standard Bank’s R9.4-billion involvement in government-approved renewable-energy projects has earned the bank the ranking of twelfth greenest bank globally by Bloomberg Markets. Each year, Bloomberg Markets assesses the top 40 global banks based on their lending to clean-energy... 

Solar and wind great for ‘off-grid’ power, nuclear best for ‘baseload’ 

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2013 South Africa must be careful in its choice of future energy sources, using different technologies for different requirements. “When we choose sources of energy – electricity – we must choose wisely and responsibly,” argued independent energy consultant Andrew Kenny at the recent Nuclear African... 

Investment in Zambia power generation critical for continued growth

By: Natalie Greve     10th April 2013 Zambia would need to install an additional 4 330 MW of power generation capacity at a cost of $12-billion by 2020 to ensure the country’s continued economic growth, Copperbelt Energy Corporation strategy and regulation director Sylvester Hibajene said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Power &... 

DoE to approach small power producers for REIPPPP before year-end  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th April 2013 The Department of Energy (DoE) will, before the end of this year, advertise for small power producers, with projects under 5 MW, to participate in its small-generator programme under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), DoE deputy director-general of... 

New R50m Wild Coast hotel on the cards

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2013 Four entrepreneurs from an Eastern Cape village have initiated the construction of a R50-million green hotel. The 100-room Nkanya Lodge, to be constructed in Elliotdale, on the Wild Coast, was expected to be powered completely by renewable-energy sources such as solar and wind power. 

Gas key to SA’s future power mix

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th April 2013 Gas would form a key part of South Africa’s future power generation mix, with the focus to fall on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the short term and on shale gas in the long term, Standard Bank power and infrastructure head in South Africa Ntlai Mosiah said Monday. “The implications for South... 

Kenya Power signs 140 MW power purchase deal

By: Reuters     8th April 2013 Kenya Power has signed a deal to buy 140 MW of geothermal electricity from private producer AGIL for 25 years starting in 2018, Kenya Power said in a statement on Monday. Demand for electricity from firms and homes outstrips Kenya's installed generation capacity, which frequently leads to... 

First turbines for Cookhouse wind farm arrive in SA 

By: Natalie Greve     8th April 2013 The first consignment of 16 turbines for the Cookhouse wind farm has arrived at the Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The delivery of these turbines, which feature 44-m-long blades, was the first under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Next 19 renewables projects to close ‘in April’, as final touches are put to new tender 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2013 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) has confirmed that the financial-close deadline for the 19 second-bid-window projects identified under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been delayed to the fourth week of April, from the initial deadline... 

Expo hopes to tap into new-found interest in African growth

     5th April 2013 Africa’s industrial market is ripe for exploration by technology businesses in the oil, gas and petroleum, energy, water and manufacturing sectors, says Exhibition Management Services (EMS) MD John Thomson. 

Sefa, partners launch competition for West Africa clean energy

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd April 2013 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa) and its partners have launched a business plan competition dubbed the West Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (Wafcef) to identify promising regional entrepreneurs and unlock renewable-energy and energy efficiency investments in West Africa.... 

Regional integration key to deploying large-scale renewables production

By: Schalk Burger     28th March 2013 The ability to import or export electricity, depending on the availability of a country’s renewable generation capacity, was key to enabling the deployment of large-scale renewable electricity generation in Africa, said a panel of experts at the Africa Energy Indaba, in Sandton, last month. An... 

New US clean-energy centre aims to shepherd African projects to bankability 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2013 The primary aim of the newly inaugurated US-Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Centre, which was formally opened in Johannesburg in March, is to help close the prevailing financing gap that is preventing African renewable-energy projects from advancing beyond the concept stage to... 

Local pumping solutions provider adds solar water pump to product offering

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd March 2013 Local fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon has been appointed key distributor for Australia-based solar water-pumps manufacturer BW Solar, which established a branch in South Africa in June 2012. Farmers across the country can, therefore, benefit from BW Solar’s range of... 

Africa needs $40bn/y to meet future power demand – report  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th March 2013 It is estimated that at least $40-billion a year is required to meet future demand in the African power sector, compared with current yearly investment of less than one-quarter this amount, New Partnership for Africa’s Development energy programme head Professor Mosad Elmissiry said on Monday.... 

Biomass gasification could offer reliable off-grid alternative

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2013 The gasification of biomass to produce electricity can be used to promote the development of rural and off-grid areas or assist municipalities in their efforts to alleviate power shortages, creating sustainable jobs in the process, says biomass gasification company Carbo Consult & Engineering MD... 

Basil Read Matomo opens new office in Cape Town

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th March 2013 South African construction firm Basil Read’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary Basil Read Matomo (BRM) on Wednesday opened an office in Cape Town. “Cape Town has developed as one of the renewable-energy hubs of the country and a presence in the city will allow BRM to... 

Pulp demand increases while some paper grades slump

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 As the worldwide recession subsides, the South African paper and pulp industry has settled, with some grades of sustainably produced pulp, packaging and tissue paper showing slight growth in demand. 

Telecoms industry focusing more on renewable energy

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     8th March 2013 Environmental aspects and increasing diesel prices have prompted the telecom industry to realise sustainable development action 

Vodacom shows off its solar rooftop – the largest in Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     6th March 2013 Vodacom has unveiled the largest ever array of solar panels on a single building in Africa. The solar array, on the roof of its Century City building in Cape Town, comprises 2 127 solar panels and is expected to provide up to 75% of all electricity required by the building during peak production. 

$15m African project development facility launched

By: Joanne Taylor     1st March 2013 African-led multilateral financial institution the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) recently launched a project-development facility. 

Nigeria receives $50m to boost energy efficiency, renewable energy use

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2013 Nigeria would receive $50-million in financial support from the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) to stimulate alternative and efficient ways of generating electricity and reduce dependence on energy sources that contribute significantly to greenhouse-gas emissions. The funding, provided under the... 

SA, Germany agree to enhance energy sector cooperation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2013 The South African and German governments this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance bilateral dialogue and practical cooperation in the energy sector through the establishment of an energy partnership. The main objective of the energy partnership would be to improve and... 

Joburg rolling out new-look commuter shelters 

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd February 2013 The city of Johannesburg unveiled its new-look commuter shelters on William Nicol drive in Randburg and Vincent Tshabalala drive in Alexandra, earlier this month. 

Solar company meets SA grid-connection requirements

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd February 2013 Germany-based solar power company SMA Solar Technology’s Sunny Central CP XT-Inverters meet the requirements that were laid out in November by the Grid Connection Code for Renewable Power Plants (RPPs) for photovoltaic (PV) inverters in South Africa. 

Renewables alone cannot guarantee baseload power – Adam 

By: Natalie Greve     21st February 2013 South Africa’s required base-load power capacity could not be guaranteed through renewable-energy sources alone, Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) president Dr Rob Adam said on Thursday at the fourth yearly Nuclear Forum, which is aligned to the Africa Energy Indaba. He... 

Renewable-energy seminars to highlight potential risks 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     18th February 2013 Independent renewable-energy consultants 3E would, next month, host construction-monitoring seminars to highlight the potential risks involved in the development of large wind and solar power projects. The seminars, which would be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town on March 4 and 6 respectively,... 

Arup renewable-energy projects enter construction phase

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     15th February 2013 Management consultancy firm Arup on Friday said construction had started on a number of the renewable-energy projects in South Africa for which it was acting as lender’s technical adviser or owner’s engineer. The nine photovoltaic and wind projects with which Arup was involved, represented almost... 

Limpopo mine drawing power from 1 MW solar plant 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2013 A 1 MW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) facility has officially been integrated into the electricity supply system at Cronimet’s chrome mine, in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The mine, which forms part of a larger international enterprise that supplies and recycles stainless steel raw... 

Investment in energy sector will contribute to economic development

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th February 2013 Investment in the renewable energy sector will contribute to South Africa’s economic development and growth, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday. “Investments we make in the renewable energy sector, at both the primary generation and secondary manufacturing levels, will undoubtedly... 

Solar energy to become cheaper than electricity – PPA Energy 

By: Natalie Greve     8th February 2013 While solar energy was currently cheaper than energy derived from diesel plants and generators that were often used as a substitute to conventional coal-fired power, it remained more expensive than coal-fired electricity generation. “This scenario is set to change,” said energy management... 

Sierra Leone awards off-grid solar PV project contracts

By: Natalie Greve     8th February 2013 Laos-based Sunlabob Renewable Energy on Friday announced it has been awarded two contracts for the design, supply, installation and local training for 13 turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in offgrid areas of Sierra Leone. The installations – funded by the United Nations Industrial... 

New industry group bullish on SA’s biogas growth prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2013 The rebates currently on offer from Eskom, together with incentives being extended by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are creating the conditions for a possible biogas “golden age” in South Africa, the head of the nascent Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA) asserts.... 

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