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Renewable Energy News

ICT player Pinnacle snaps up majority stake in PV business

By: Natalie Greve     8th December 2015 To secure another pillar of business in a rapidly growing market, South Africa’s largest information and communication technology (ICT) products and services distributor Pinnacle Holdings has acquired a majority stake in solar power solutions company and solar photovoltaic (PV) specialist... 

De Aar solar project nears completion as solar becomes more attractive 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2015 As South African solar substructure company PiA Solar celebrates the installation of its one-millionth solar panel and the near-completion of a 90 MW Northern Cape solar farm, business development director Axel Pustet assured that renewable energy was fast becoming a more attractive alternative... 

De Aar solar project nears completion as solar becomes more attractive

GBCSA, Growthpoint make COP21 commitments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th December 2015 The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) will introduce a net zero/positive building certification scheme by 2020. It, along with 24 other green building councils from across the world, had made various commitments during Building Day – a side event to the twenty-first Conference of the... 

GBCSA, Growthpoint make COP21 commitments

Backup power provider supplies retailers with long-running battery

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th December 2015 South African power protection and management solutions provider Powermode, introduced a long-run battery solution in September this year for its uninterruptible power supply system, says MD Jack Ward. “The batteries will be constantly monitored through digital mobile telephony method Global... 

Backup power provider supplies retailers with long-running battery
Photo by Powermode
JACK WARD Powermode strives to further extend the life of long-running batteries used in standby power solutions

First biowaste-produced renewable energy made available to BMW’s Rosslyn plant 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2015 South Africa’s first commercially viable biogas-to-electricity plant has successfully started providing renewable energy to automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa’s Rosslyn plant. 

First biowaste-produced renewable energy made available to BMW’s Rosslyn plant
First biowaste-produced renewable energy made available to BMW’s Rosslyn plant

East Africa ripe for energy investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2015 East Africa is emerging as a “hotbed” for energy-related investments, not only for its robust economic growth, but also for its potential to become one of the largest producers and exporters of oil and natural gas in the world, research firm Frost & Sullivan reports. In its ‘East Africa Energy’... 

East Africa ripe for energy investment

France, Germany to fund renewables in Africa

By: News24Wire      1st December 2015 France will commit €2-billion towards boosting renewable energy in Africa before 2020, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. Hollande made the announcement after meeting with the heads of state from 12 African countries gathered at an international climate summit near Paris for... 

France, Germany to fund renewables in Africa
Photo by Reuters
French President Francois Hollande

More biomass projects expected as C Town biomass steam plant is launched

By: Kim Cloete     1st December 2015 JSE-listed Novus Holdings, formerly Paarl Media Group, has installed a biomass steam plant to power its Paarl Media Cape gravure printing presses. The plant was built and managed by renewable-energy company Sustainable Heating. 

More biomass projects expected as C Town biomass steam plant is launched

V&A Waterfront invests in rooftop solar system 

By: Kim Cloete     30th November 2015 A 7 500 m2 rooftop solar system has been installed on several buildings at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town. The powering of several buildings on the iconic property will result in an estimated 1 640 000 kWh/y of clean energy. So far, 900 kW have been successfully connected to the grid on six roofs. 

V&A Waterfront invests in rooftop solar system

Battery-powered bolting system designed for turbine maintenance

     27th November 2015 While there are battery-powered bolting solutions for wind turbine maintenance, the general consensus among wind energy industry stakeholders is that these solutions lack battery longevity and often succumb to overheating and bending, says bolting systems manufacturer Hytorc COO Jason Junkers.... 

Battery-powered bolting system designed for  turbine maintenance
LITHIUM GUN The battery-powered bolting gun is ideal for wind turbine maintenance

Design flaws in wind turbine foundations may prove costly, says engineering firm

     27th November 2015 While wind turbines are standard products that are designed, verified by prototype testing and independently certified, their foundations are designed on a project-by-project basis to suit site-specific ground conditions. This, according to engineering consulting firm Arup, makes wind turbine... 

Engineering consultancy introduces integrated earthing for wind energy facilities

     27th November 2015 Engineering consulting firm Hatch Goba has introduced a new approach to integrated earthing for wind energy facilities, using insulated cables to connect the individual wind turbine groundmats to the substation groundmat, taking the equivalent circuit of the entire wind energy facility (WEF) into... 

Engineering consultancy  introduces integrated earthing for wind energy facilities
Photo by Bloomberg
INTEGRATED EARTHING Hatch Goba has researched new groundmat designs for grid integration at wind energy facilities

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms

     27th November 2015 Electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens will, by 2017, have supplied a total of 157 wind turbines to wind energy projects in South Africa, following a 2014 contract that committed Siemens to supplying wind turbines to a consortium led by wind and solar utility Mainstream Renewable... 

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms
EN-ROUTE TO JEFFREYS BAY Siemens successfully supplied and installed turbines at the Jefferys Bay Wind farmin the Eastern Cape

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest

     27th November 2015 The Northern Cape’s Loeriesfontein wind farm has announced that its wind turbine foundations comprise very low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete formulation, resulting in what is believed to be one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints for any wind farm foundation, according to... 

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest
WIND TURBINE FOUNDATION The Loeriesfontein wind farm is expecte to be completed by 2017

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency

By: Nadine James     27th November 2015 Systematic independent technical inspections and independent real-time, around-the-clock condition monitoring of wind turbines, which are rarely done in South Africa, will improve their operational efficiency, maintenance and life span, advocates Cape Town-based renewable-energy consultant... 

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency
SMOOTH OPERATION Independent inspections ensure that wind turbines operate efficiently

Renewables specialist spearheads Kenyan wind power project

     27th November 2015 Engineering company WorleyParsons is one-third of the way into its 32-month contract for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, in Kenya, for which it was tasked to deliver project management services in 2014. The project aims to supply 360 MW of reliable, low-cost wind-turbine generator... 

Renewables specialist spearheads  Kenyan wind power project
UHURU KENYATTA Kenya's president unveils a commemorative plaque at Lake Turkana Wind Power groundbreaking ceremony

Western Cape wind farm achieved full operational capacity - supplying the national grid

     27th November 2015 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Sere wind farm, near Vredendal, in the Western Cape, achieved full commercial operational capacity of a 100 MW on March 31. “Sere is Eskom’s first large-scale renewable energy project and forms part of our commitment to renewable energy and reducing our carbon... 

Western Cape wind farm achieved full operational capacity - supplying the national grid
SERE WIND FARM The Western Cape wind farm is capable of producing enough electricity to supply 124 000 homes

Wind farm transaction 'a big deal' for local renewables investment

     27th November 2015 Fund management firm Gaia Infrastructure Partners has concluded a landmark equity transaction in the Dorper wind farm project, a preferred bidder under Round 1 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) run by the Department of Energy (DoE). Gaia believes... 

Wind farms stimulate socioeconomic development in WC

     27th November 2015 Impoverished communities near rural Vredenburg, 130 km north of Cape Town, are starting to reap the benefits from the West Coast One wind project, which became fully-operational in June, and is operated by a consortium comprising financial services provider Investec, electric utility company... 

Wind farms stimulate  socioeconomic  development in WC
WEST COAST ONE The 94 MW wind farm will counteract more than 5 billion tons of carbon emiision

S African mining industry future looks scary – Baleni

By: African News Agency      26th November 2015 The future looks scary in the mining industry, former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) general secretary Frans Baleni said on Thursday. “The mining industry is in ICU [Intensive Care Unit], commodity (prices) are low. It will takes three to five years to recover. The future looks scary,” he said. 

S African mining industry future looks scary – Baleni
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Former NUM general secretary Frans Baleni

South Africa a ‘globally significant’ renewables investment destination with $11bn under belt 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2015 South Africa sustained its top 10 ranking as an attractive renewable-energy investment destination in the Climatescope 2015 index, confirming its status as a “globally significant investment destination”, having attracted over $11-billion in clean-energy investment since 2012. The country ranked... 

South Africa a ‘globally significant’ renewables investment destination with $11bn under belt
BNEF Africa analyst Nico Tyabji

World Panel unveils sun-powered mobile charging solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2015 World Panel on Tuesday unveiled its latest robust technology, which “streams” solar-generated electricity into mobile devices, aimed at providing charging solutions for rural mobile phone owners. In a first step to get SunStream, showcased at AfricaCom in Cape Town this week, onto the local... 

World Panel unveils sun-powered mobile charging solution

CHP plants at water treatment works capable of knocking 60% off elec bill 

By: Natalie Greve     13th November 2015 Municipalities that introduce combined heat and power (CHP) plants at wastewater treatment works (WWTW) are likely to narrow their energy consumption by some 60%, WEC Projects biogas-to-energy business unit head Jason Gifford has told the Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention, in... 

CHP plants at water treatment works capable of knocking 60% off elec bill

Brewery produces SA’s first commercially available green beer

     13th November 2015 Western Cape-based brewery Cape Brewing Company (CBC) has, with the help of renewable-energy company E3 Energy Group of Companies (E3), produced what it says is South Africa’s first commercially available green beer, using water heated by the sun. The beer-brewing process requires water at 85 ˚C.... 

Brewery produces  SA’s first commercially available green beer
INSTALLING A BREWING SYSTEM E3 Energy Group of Companies had to custom design the 10 000 ℓ storage vessel it installed at Cape Brewing Company

Green power firms moving to tap Africa’s abundant resources

By: David Oliveira     13th November 2015 The continued success of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and reduced renewable-energy technology costs are offering international companies in the renewable-energy sector a strong business case to invest in Africa, according to analysis... 

Access to invest in $100m Nigerian solar project

By: African News Agency      10th November 2015 Access Infra Africa on Tuesday signed a joint development agreement with Quaint Global Energy Solutions to invest in the $100-million Abiba Solar Project, a 50 MW solar power plant being developed in Nigeria’s Kaduna state. Access, a Pan-African developer, owner and operator of power assets, said... 

Access to invest in $100m Nigerian solar project

Gold Fields to invite solar power tenders for South Deep – report

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2015 Gold mining company Gold Fields is to invite tenders for a photovoltaic power installation at its South Deep gold mine, west of Johannesburg. A report in Energy and Mines states that the JSE- and NYSE-listed company, already out on an expression of interest, will on Monday invite proposals for a... 

Gold Fields to invite solar power tenders for South Deep – report
Photo by Duane Daws
Nick Holland

Lekela Power signs agreement to develop $350m wind project in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th November 2015 Pan-African renewable energy generation company Lekela Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) for the development of a 250 MW wind power station in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez area. The development of the power station would mark Lekela... 

Lekela Power signs agreement to develop $350m wind project in Egypt

Italian businessperson on the two-fold benefits of renewables

By: Tracy Hancock     6th November 2015 Italian businessperson and philanthropist Diego Biasi talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his road to donating millions of rands to the Children’s Hospital Trust in aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Cape Town, after his success in the renewable-energy sector.... 

Italian businessperson on the two-fold benefits of renewables
Quercus Investment Partners cofounder and CEO Diego Biasi

R300m fund for SMMEs in renewable energy sector launched 

By: Natalie Greve     5th November 2015 Specialist risk finance group Business Partners has launched a dedicated R300-million fund earmarked for the financing of new or existing small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the South African renewable-energy space, providing equity and debt finance of between R500 000 and... 

R300m fund for SMMEs in renewable energy sector launched

Investors see opportunity in wind energy

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2015 Some wind energy developers are prepared to foot the bill to connect their projects to the national grid to save time and limit risk. “Independent power producers and developers are more than willing to pay for the grid. We’d prefer building the grid because we can control the risk and do it in... 

Investors see opportunity in wind energy

Installed wind energy capacity continues to show good growth 

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2015 Global installed wind capacity shot up by 44.2% in 2014 and is expected to continue showing good growth for this year. Global Wind Energy Council CEO Steve Sawyer told delegates attending the WINDaba conference, in Cape Town, that the wind energy industry had grown fourfold since 2007, with... 

Installed wind energy capacity continues to show good growth

DoE satisfied with boost in S Africa’s wind energy 

By: Kim Cloete     4th November 2015 Wind energy is growing rapidly in South Africa and has helped to boost electricity generation during peak hours, the Department of Energy (DoE) has said. “I am proud to report that, of wind energy’s overall contribution to electricity generation, 15% of this has come during peak hours over the... 

DoE satisfied with boost in S Africa’s wind energy

Coal power stations to become ‘stranded assets’, UK climate rep warns 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2015 The UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, warned on Monday that countries building new coal-fired power stations could well be building “stranded assets”. Speaking in Johannesburg on Monday, Britain’s former Chief Scientific Adviser, who was born and... 

Coal power stations to become ‘stranded assets’, UK climate rep warns
Sir David King

In 50 years, most of us will drive electric vehicles, says BMW head of development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 Klaus Fröhlich is a pragmatic man. When asked for a list of technologies BMW will be working on over the next twenty years, the management board member responsible for development selects only two. 

In 50 years, most of us will drive electric vehicles,  says BMW head of development

Sustainable solutions provided for hydroelectricity components

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 With a focus on using renewable-energy sources to produce green energy as a reliable source of electricity, power generation products provider Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines. The company has the capacity to deliver... 

Sustainable solutions provided for hydroelectricity components
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION PROVIDED Vert Energy provides sustainable solutions for hydroelectricity, wind power and for steam and gas turbines

Brown says S Africa has enough electricity for now, stresses energy challenges  

By: Kim Cloete     29th October 2015 South Africa’s economic growth could be seriously hampered in the medium term if the country does not have additional electricity generation capacity. But, for now, government, as well as Eskom, is doing all it can to keep the lights on, says Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. “What we are... 

Brown says S Africa has enough electricity for now, stresses energy challenges
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

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