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Renewable Energy News

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.... 

2013 Indaba attracts greater interest, expects 20% growth

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) organiser Siyenza hopes to further its objective of positioning Africa as the continent of energy opportunity by delivering a comprehensive event for the fifth consecutive year. Siyenza MD Liz Hart tells Engineering News that enquiry and interest levels have grown... 

SA has ‘favourable framework conditions’ for PV development – German PV provider

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Germany-based solar systems producer Solon Energy plans to establish business roots in South Africa before rolling out its activities to the rest of Africa, as the country has “favourable framework conditions”, says power plants business development manager Vanessa Gombert. South Africa’s... 

Solar home system kit to be launched at Indaba

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Local solar products manufacturer SolarWorld Africa, part of the SolarWorld Group, will launch a complete home solar system kit at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), which will take place from February 19 to 21 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng. The solution, which was designed... 

Solar PV system installed at fruit packhouse

By: Joanne Taylor     8th February 2013 Renewable energies company Emergent Energy will supply a 203 kWp photovoltaic (PV) solar system to Farmsecure Energy’s Novo packhouse, in Paarl. 

Various skills needed to realise clean energy projects

By: Gia Costella     8th February 2013 Solutions and integration provider Jasco says electrification challenges await South Africa, especially with regard to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), as the current competence of local engineers and artisans is lacking, largely owing to the fact that this is a... 

Wind developer in solar outreach

     8th February 2013 Wind farm Metrowind Van Stadens has installed solar-powered streetlights in the communities of Shamrock and Witteklip, in the Eastern Cape. The lights were commissioned in December and provide transformational light for local residents.  

AfDB to boost geothermal power development in East Africa

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     7th February 2013 Building on the success of its 400 MW Menengai geothermal project, in Kenya, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is focusing on developing Tanzania’s geothermal potential, with the required institutional framework and concrete geothermal sites already identified. The AfDB was leading the... 

$1m grant to provide reliable energy services in Madagascar 

By: Natalie Greve     5th February 2013 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa approved a $1-million grant to finalise pre-investment activities for a hybrid renewable-energy project on Nosy Be Island, in Madagascar. The grant would be used to finance feasibility studies for a combination of hydro, wind and solar technologies and... 

Work gets under way at 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2013 Work has officially started on the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, which is the second-largest wind project to have advanced through the first bidding round under South Africa’s competitive Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). The 20-year power... 

Concerns aired over SA’s capacity to build, operate and maintain renewables facilities 

By: Joanne Taylor     1st February 2013 South Africa’s capacity to deliver on the envisaged Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers programme (REIPPP) projects is lacking in light of the requirements for local Independent Power Producers (IPPs), says AEG Power Solutions 3W Power division MD Trevor de Vries. 

Fuel group completes greening service station pilot at three African sites

By: Joanne Taylor     1st February 2013 Petroleum products group Engen has completed a two-year greening pilot project, during which it made multiple energy and water saving alterations at selected service stations in neighbouring countries. 

Joburg apartment block invests in solar heaters

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     1st February 2013 Integrator of solar and other renewable energy systems Kayema Energy Solutions recently completed a revamp and installation of energy efficient solar heaters for 59 units at Troon Gardens in Illovo, Johannesburg. 

Software giant signs 49M pledge

By: Joanne Taylor     1st February 2013 Data processing company Systems Applications and Products (SAP) Africa has signed the 49M pledge to make a concerted contribution to the reduction of electricity consumption on the continent. 

SunEdison breaks ground on first SA project, eyes yet more 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2013 Global solar power plant developer SunEdison has broken ground at the site of its first project in South Africa – a solar-resource-rich country where it is hoping to develop a sizeable operating base and create the platform for further expansions into Africa. The group, which has about 1 000... 

DA launches solar light campaign for informal settlements 

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 The Democratic Alliance (DA), in collaboration with solar panel installation company Energy Systems Africa (ES Africa), has launched a campaign to provide solar light and energy for informal settlements in Gauteng and, eventually, to the rest of South Africa. Seventy-three pilot solar power units... 

Hybrid energy management system reduces diesel consumption by up to 30%

     25th January 2013 Local solar supply and installation specialist Sinetech has been appointed sole supplier of a hybrid energy management system that can be installed as an additional source of energy to reduce the fuel consumption of diesel generators and, therefore, their operating costs. The D:Hybrid... 

Imported skills could be crucial for renewables success

     25th January 2013 Renewable-energy programmes will only be possible if South Africa can import the skills necessary to develop these new industries and speedily grant the required permits, says recruitment agency Landelahni Recruitment Group CEO Sandra Burmeister. The government signed contracts in November last... 

Renewable energy an ‘embryonic industry’ in SA, says global consultancy group

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 South Africa is in a good position to capitalise on and develop a solar energy market as a result of the country’s abundant solar resources and positive irradiation coverage, compared with other active solar energy producers worldwide, says global engineering and development consultancy Mott... 

Solar developer sees project scope beyond DoE-led programme

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 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, states large-scale solar power plant developer Ciel & Terre South Africa business development manager Yoann Joyeux. Addressing... 

Steel fabricator wins renewables-related contracts

     25th January 2013 Steel, tube and pipe manufacturer Robor has been contracted to supply the steel for two large 75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, that have been selected in the first round of bids under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

CDC seeks contractors for R300m Coega IDZ wind tower factory 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     24th January 2013 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has requested interested contractors to bid for the construction of a 22 000 m2 wind tower manufacturing facility and associated infrastructure on behalf of renewable-energy company, DCD Wind Energy, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, in Port... 

Eskom gears up to start Sere wind farm construction in April 

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2013 Construction of Eskom’s 100 MW Sere wind project, which is being developed in Koekenaap, in the Western Cape, is scheduled to begin in April with project funding now fully in place and with a preferred bidder having been identified for the supply and installation of the wind turbines. However,... 

The renewable energy 'gold rush' is in Africa

     18th January 2013 Africa, with all its natural resources, is the ideal location for renewable energy infrastructure investment and development. With renewable energy investment set to grow from $3.6-billion in 2012 to $57-billion by 2020, the 'gold rush' has started.  The large volume of foreign direct investment... 

Ceramic coating for fuel cells could reduce manufacturing costs

     18th January 2013 Swedish-based product developer Impact Coatings has developed a new material for the coating of fuel cell bipolar plates. Ceramic MaxPhase is set to change the economics of fuel cells by significantly reducing manufacturing costs. 

Renewables can provide 99.9% power to grid – study

     18th January 2013 A well-designed combination of wind power, solar power and storage in batteries and fuel cells would nearly always exceed electricity demands, while keeping costs comparable to today’s electricity expenses, scientists at the University of Delaware (UD) and Delaware Technical Community College... 

Owner’s engineer appointed for 67 MW Cape wind project

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2013 Renewable-energy project developer Umoya Energy has appointed Mott MacDonald as the owner’s engineer for its 67 MW Hopefield wind farm project, to be built in the Western Cape. The project is among the 28 projects to advance following the first bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy... 

Agency launches open-access Web portal on global renewable resources

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th January 2013 International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) at the weekend launched an open-access Internet-based global atlas of renewable-energy resources to raise awareness of the world’s renewable-energy potential and to help companies looking to invest in new markets. The atlas aimed to assist countries... 

Empowering Africans with energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th January 2013 Meet leaders in the African energy sector from across the continent and unlock energy opportunities in Africa by registering now to attend the fifth yearly Africa Energy Indaba. The Africa Energy Indaba, adopted by the World Energy Council (WEC) as the African regional event of the WEC, receives... 

REEEP to invest €3.95m in emerging clean energy projects

By: Natalie Greve     9th January 2013 The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) would invest some €3.95-million in 28 clean energy projects in 19 countries that aimed to scale up renewable-energy and energy-efficient solutions in key emerging markets and developing countries in Africa and Asia.  

Financier commits €100m to support Spanish firms in Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     7th January 2013 Spanish development financier Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo (Cofides), which is jointly owned by the Spanish government and three Spanish commercial banks, has committed up to €100-million to support South African and African infrastructure projects in which Spanish companies... 

Company to build 36 MW CPV plant for REIPPP 

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2012 Renewable-energy company Pele Green Energy, one of the 28 preferred bidders in the first round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), has started construction this month on a 36 MW solar concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant, in the Western Cape.... 

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