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Renewable Energy News

Nedbank offers SA farmers financial incentive to convert to solar and alternative energy 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th July 2015 Escalating electricity costs, shortage of electricity and a lack of backup power during load-shedding are eating into South African farming profit margins and even threatening the survival of some sectors of the agriculture industry, says Nedbank. As such, the bank, known for funding sustainable... 

IDC puts biomass plants up for sale

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st July 2015 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has put its two biomass pellet manufacturing plants up for sale. Potential buyers, who would be subject to a confidentiality agreement, were invited last week to submit their offers for the IDC’s 100 000 t/y Coega-based biomass plant and the 80 000 t/y... 

IDC puts biomass plants up for sale

Rurulec makes interim payment to Ethos Energy under Ipsa deal

By: Natalie Greve     21st July 2015 After striking a deal to buy two Westinghouse Siemens gas turbines from South African independent power producer Ipsa for £16.1-million, Latin America-focused Rurulec has made an interim payment to Ipsa’s primary creditor, Ethos Energy, bringing the amount still owed to Ipsa under the deal to... 

Rurulec makes interim payment to Ethos Energy under Ipsa deal

Warnings of lost opportunities amid delay in finalising new solar-geyser rebate  

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th July 2015 Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo. The programme was launched in 2008 to help mitigate energy system constraints by installing a million solar geysers in... 

Warnings of lost opportunities amid delay in finalising new solar-geyser rebate

Warnings of lost opportunities amid delay in finalising new solar-geyser rebate

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th July 2015 Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo.  

Warnings of lost opportunities amid delay  in finalising new solar-geyser rebate

Nuclear a must to meet S Africa energy needs, renewables limited, says energy expert 

By: Kim Cloete     16th July 2015 South Africa needs an additional 5 TWh of energy a year to keep up with its growing population and meet the energy shortage, states Professor Philip Lloyd of the Energy Institute at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. “Renewable energy will help us, but not save us. We need nuclear,” he... 

Nuclear a must to meet S Africa energy needs, renewables limited, says energy expert
Photo by Duane Daws
Koeberg nuclear power station

AFC, Ivorian developer ink deal to build 44 MW hydro plant

By: Natalie Greve     15th July 2015 Multilateral development finance institution and project developer Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has announced the signing of a joint development agreement with Ivorian project group Ivoire Hydro Energy SA (IHE) for the development of the 44 MW Singrobo hydroelectric power plant, in Côte... 

AFC, Ivorian developer ink deal to build 44 MW hydro plant

Alternative renewables funding to be considered as sector matures

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2015 Alternative funding models could be expected to begin coming to the fore in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector as the market becomes more competitive and domestic development finance institutions (DFIs) begin scaling back their direct involvement in projects. Speaking to Spanish investors... 

Alternative renewables funding to be considered as sector matures

Construction of Garob wind farm to start in Q2 2016

By: Natalie Greve     10th July 2015 Global energy group Juwi Renewable Energy is celebrating the success of the 140 MW Garob wind farm, in the Northern Cape. The project formed part of the expanded fourth round of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Construction of Garob wind farm to start in Q2 2016
Site of Garob wind farm

€52m deal inked for first West African utility-scale solar plant

By: Natalie Greve     10th July 2015 A historic build, own and operate agreement signed on Friday between Norwegian company Scatec Solar (SSO), the Malian Ministry of Energy and Malian electricity utility Water and Electricité du Mali (EDM) will see the construction of West Africa’s first utility-scale solar power plant, near the... 

€52m deal inked for first West African utility-scale solar plant

Community development planning seen as critical to lowering social risks for IPPs 

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2015 An analysis of community protest action conducted by social development advisory firm Knowledge Pele shows that renewable-energy projects are not immune from the risk of community unrest, despite the fact that many projects fall outside of the main urban centres, which are more prone to such... 

Community development planning seen as critical to lowering social risks for IPPs
Knowledge Pele MD Fumani Mthembi

IPP clinches $200m solar PV deal in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th July 2015 Italian independent power producer Building Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) for the development of two 50 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Benban, Egypt. The plants, to be built at a collective cost of $200-million,... 

IPP clinches $200m solar PV deal in Egypt

Spain earmarks South Africa as ‘priority’ trade and investment market

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2015 The South African market has been included as one of Spain’s 16 “priority markets” as the European country intensifies its efforts to raise exports in the wake of the global economic crisis and as its companies move to diversify their foreign direct investments to “dynamic” regions. Speaking at... 

Spain earmarks South Africa as ‘priority’ trade and investment market

Renewables group makes case for combined wind-solar ‘baseload’ alternative 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2015 A theoretical analysis conducted by a leading global renewable-energy company indicates that electricity generated from a combination of South African wind and solar resources “closely follows” the country’s electricity demand profile and could, therefore, make a “baseload” power contribution.... 

Renewables group makes case for combined wind-solar ‘baseload’ alternative

Wind energy no longer a minor player in SA 

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2015 Wind energy is around half of all renewable energy currently produced in South Africa. As we lurch from one day of load shedding to the next, the sector is showing no sign of losing speed, rather the opposite. SA Wind Energy Association CEO Johan van den Berg told News24 in an interview that 2011... 

Wind energy no longer a minor player in SA

Power event partners with local organisations

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 In the interest of being accepted by local communities, events such as Power-Gen Africa (PGA) should partner with local organisations such as coal and energy nonprofit trust the Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF), says FFF media and web liaison manager Denise O'Callaghan. PGA will be held from July 15... 

Power event partners with local organisations
Photo by Bloomberg
GENERATING COLLABORATION Events such as Power-Gen Africa are beneficial to Africa’s power sector

Solar builds offer market opportunities for electrical suppliers

By: David Oliveira     3rd July 2015 Round 4 of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) presents a significant growth opportunity for electrical solutions suppliers, such as mechanical and electrical component supplier Elquip, notes the company’s MD Mike Cronin.... 

Solar builds offer market opportunities for electrical suppliers
UV PROTECTED Flexicon’s PA6 nylon conduit system is ideal for solar applications, owing to the material’s ability to resist exposure to high levels of UV light

Power-Gen Africa highlights renewables storage

By: Bruce Montiea     3rd July 2015 Renewable alternative energy solutions promoter the Southern African Alternative Energy Association (SAAEA) will chair a debate on renewable-energy storage at this year’s Power-Gen Africa (PGA) event, to be held from July 15 to 17 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. SAAEA energy... 

Power-Gen Africa highlights  renewables storage
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPORTANT DEBATE Renewable-energy storage is a pressing issue in Africa

Developer of R2bn, 102 MW Northern Cape wind farm aiming for 2017 start-up 

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd July 2015 Wind project developer Gestamp Wind has been awarded a 102 MW wind project in Copperton, in the Northern Cape, with a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPPP), with construction expected to begin early next year.  

Developer of R2bn, 102 MW Northern Cape wind farm aiming for 2017 start-up
CARLOS RODRIGUEZ TORTOSA The R2-billion project will consist of 34 wind turbine generators, each with a 3 MW capacity

Green initiatives can help telecoms firms slash emissions, lessen reliance on grid power

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd July 2015 The telecommunications industry can deal with two of its key challenges through green initiatives and diesel-reduction strategies, says mobile communications infrastructure company IHS Towers chief technology officer William Saad. 

Green initiatives can help telecoms firms slash emissions, lessen reliance on grid power
WILLIAM SAAD The telecommunications industry needs to focus on ensuring that towers are diesel neutral in the coming years and on alternative sources of power

Corporation to install solar panels on 15 buildings at Coega

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd July 2015 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to fit 15 of its buildings, totalling 127 000 m2 of roof space, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, with solar panels. 

Corporation to install solar panels on 15 buildings at Coega
SOLAR PANELS The existing buildings in the Coega Industrial Development Zone lent themselves well to rooftop solar panel installations

Two 50 MW solar plants to be built in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2015 Italian independent renewable-energy power producer Building Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority for two 50 MW, $200-million, photovoltaic (PV) plants, in Benban, Upper Egypt. The plants, which would be built in 2016, were expected to... 

Two 50 MW solar plants to be built in Egypt

Renewable energy to be focus area at upcoming Spain-SA investment forum 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2015 Renewable energy’s contribution to South Africa’s energy mix and the challenges and opportunities in the broader Southern African energy sector will be key topics of discussion at the upcoming Spain–South Africa Investment Forum. The forum, which would be hosted by the Spanish Embassy, would be... 

Renewable energy to be focus area at upcoming Spain-SA investment forum

Fuel-cell backup power for three Eastern Cape schools

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2015 The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with JSE-listed miner Anglo American Platinum and gas products company Air Products, has rolled out three 5 kW hydrogen fuel cell systems to provide backup power for three schools in the Cofimvaba area of the country's... 

Fuel-cell backup power for three Eastern Cape schools
Photo by Schalk Burger
HYDROGEN FUEL CELL SYSTEM Each of the twelve cylinders can provide 10 kWh of backup power

S Africa solar energy roadmap to be unveiled by October

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th June 2015 The Department of Energy (DoE) plans to launch its Solar Energy Technology Roadmap, which seeks to map solar technologies and the way these fit into South Africa’s long-term energy plan, before the International Renewable Energy Conference in October. Speaking at a session at the Sustainable... 

S Africa solar energy roadmap to be unveiled by October

Solar, wind tech a 'priority' for W Cape housing 

By: News24Wire      24th June 2015 Renewable-energy technology is a key priority in the roll-out of low cost housing in the Western Cape, says a senior politician. The Western Cape provincial government has partnered with housing developer Van Horsten Property Holdings to construct low cost homes with renewable energy technology... 

Solar, wind tech a 'priority' for W Cape housing

Not-for-profit model to be deployed at 33 MW Wesley-Ciskei wind project 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2015 The 33 MW Wesley-Ciskei wind project, selected recently as part of the enlarged fourth bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), will be the first to be developed in partnership with land owners and farmers in the former Ciskei... 

Not-for-profit model to be deployed at 33 MW Wesley-Ciskei wind project

Giant US utility poised to move on South African renewables, rooftop prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2015 The nascent South African renewable-energy unit of giant US electricity utility, NRG, is preparing to participate in the country’s upcoming ‘expedited’ bid window for the procurement of an additional 1 800 MW of renewables capacity. NRG Renew Africa CEO Grant Pattison – best known for his... 

Giant US utility poised to move on South African renewables, rooftop prospects
NRG Renew Africa CEO Grant Pattison

Mali to get €110m hydroelectric project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2015 Electricity and water services provider Eranove Group has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Republic of Mali to finance, develop, build and operate the €110-million Kenié hydroelectric dam, in Baguinéda, on the Niger river. The company would develop the 42 MW project, on which... 

Mali to get €110m hydroelectric project

CDC to install solar panels at Coega industrial zone

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th June 2015 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to fit 15 of its buildings, totalling 127 000 m2 of roof space, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, with solar panels. The CDC would, on June 25, issue a request for proposals (RFP) from potential suppliers. The RFP... 

CDC to install solar panels at Coega industrial zone

Kimber appointed Renergen chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2015 Former Afrox MD Brett Kimber has been appointed chairperson of JSE-listed Renergen, a special purpose acquisition company focused on the alternative and renewable-energy sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. Kimber, who holds a BSc Hons in geochemistry, resigned as Afrox MD in January, ending a 25-year... 

Kimber appointed Renergen chairperson
Photo by Duane Daws
Renergen chairperson Brett Kimber

South Africa’s wind fleet grows to 294 turbines, association targets 2 500 by 2020 

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2015 South Africa has increased its installed base of wind turbines from eight in 2012 to 294 currently, and the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is advocating that 2 500 turbines be installed by 2020 to lower the risk of load-shedding, increase private generation and diversify the... 

South Africa’s wind fleet grows to 294 turbines, association targets 2 500 by 2020

Simple measures can help govts achieve climate change goals – IEA 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2015 A peak in global energy-related emissions could be achieved as early as 2020 if governments implemented five key policy measures, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday. In its new ‘World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change’ study, the IEA noted that this... 

Simple measures can help govts achieve climate change goals – IEA

US group acquires SA energy company

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th June 2015 US-based NRG Renew last month announced its acquisition of South African Kayema Energy Solutions as part of its strategy to strengthen its capabilities in South Africa.  

US group acquires SA energy company
DINO PETRAROLO Kayema provides NRG with a comprehensive understanding of market conditions and a strong competency in energy services

DoE confirms 1 800 MW renewables ‘reopener’ on the way 

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2015 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to begin formally moving ahead with plans for a so-called ‘expedited’ renewable-energy procurement process by the end of June. The intention is to offer projects that narrowly failed selection as preferred bidders during the first four bid windows... 

DoE confirms 1 800 MW renewables ‘reopener’ on the way
Photo by Duane Daws
Acting director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 The Africa Progress Panel has called on African countries that emit the most carbon emissions to raise their level of ambition, adding that governments in these countries should place stringent prices on emissions of greenhouse gases by taxing it, instead of encouraging it by spending billions on... 

African Progress Panel calls for investment to lower carbon emissions

Italian group awarded 20-yr Eskom supply deals under REIPPPP

By: Natalie Greve     10th June 2015 Italian multinational renewable-energy corporation Enel Green Power (EGP) has been awarded the right to sign 20-year energy supply contracts with South African utility Eskom for an additional 280 MW of wind power projects in the fourth round of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Italian group awarded 20-yr Eskom supply deals under REIPPPP

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