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Renewable Energy News

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... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Second edition of carbon guide released

By: Anine Kilian     28th October 2015 Financial services provider Nedbank on Wednesday launched the second edition of its Carbon Footprinting Guide, which was aimed at demystifying carbon footprint approaches and help readers grasp the main concepts of carbon measuring, monitoring, reporting and verification. It also explained the... 

Magubane appointed to Aurecon South Africa board

By: Anine Kilian     28th October 2015 Former Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Nelisiwe (Neli) Magubane has been appointed to the board of directors of Aurecon South Africa. She has held various influential senior positions in the South African energy sector, including being appointed the first director-general of the DoE... 

Magubane appointed to Aurecon South Africa board
Former DoE director general Neli Magubane

Free energy solutions training grows green entrepreneurs

By: David Oliveira     23rd October 2015 Energy management solutions provider Schneider Electric announced earlier this month that it would provide free monthly training on its access to energy solutions for learners at Electrical Contractors’ Association of South Africa’s (ECA’s) training facilities nation wide. The modules being... 

Free energy solutions training grows green entrepreneurs
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING ENTREPREUNERS Schneider Electric’s free renewable-energy training will help foster a new generation of green entrepreneurs

IPPs could have legal case for lack of grid access – Competition Commission 

By: Natalie Greve     20th October 2015 Independent power producers (IPPs) active in South Africa could well have a legal case against energy utility Eskom, should the parastatal be found to have breached the ambits of the Competition Act by denying them access to the national electricity grid to distribute power to third parties, the... 

IPPs could have legal case for lack of grid access – Competition Commission

Molefe: Eskom budget can't support new IPPs 

By: News24Wire      20th October 2015 Eskom’s snub against any more independent power producers (IPP) connecting much needed power to the grid was a temporary measure, said CEO Brian Molefe. Two weeks after the SA International Renewable Energy Conference, it emerged that Eskom had halted issuing budget quotes for the IPP procurement... 

Molefe: Eskom budget can't support new IPPs

Locally made wind-turbine tower sections set off from Atlantis factory 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2015 The transportation of locally manufactured wind-turbine tower sections began on October 19, with abnormal-load trucks setting off from Atlantis, in the Western Cape, on a 1 000 km, four-day journey to Noupoort, in the Northern Cape, where an 80 MW power plant is under construction. The turbine... 

Locally made wind-turbine tower sections set off from Atlantis factory
Noupoort Wind Farm programme manager Savva Antoniadis

S Africa, DRC to focus on Grand Inga over next decade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th October 2015 President Jacob Zuma has urged the responsible Ministries and government departments in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to finalise all outstanding issues regarding the $80-billion Grand Inga hydropower project, to “pave the way for the construction of this Pan-African... 

S Africa, DRC to focus on Grand Inga over next decade

UKZN team takes on Australian outback with solar car 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2015 A University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) team is competing with more than 40 other teams from 25 countries to take the top spot in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, being held in Australia from October 18 to 25. The UKZN Solar Car Team, comprising a group of engineering students and lecturers... 

UKZN team takes on Australian outback with solar car

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

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th October 2015 South Africa’s first commercially viable biogas-to-electricity plant has successfully started providing renewable energy to automotive manufacturer BMW South Africa’s (SA’s) Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria. A year after cementing an offtake deal with the carmaker, energy company Bio2Watt’s... 

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

Accéntuate mulls off-grid solutions to mitigate power risks

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2015 The Accéntuate group is investigating off-grid solutions, such as solar power, in answer to Eskom’s power supply woes, rather than finding a solution to load-shedding, says CEO Fred Platt. He says off-grid solutions are cheaper, and could pay for itself over a period of time. 

Energy storage system introduced

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Tooling manufacturer S&D Precision Toolmakers last month activated its backup power supply system, the Gildermeister CellCube, which uses vanadium redox technology to store and discharge energy. Gildermeister Energy Solutions sales manager Andreas Feichtinger says that, in addition to mitigating... 

Energy storage system introduced
GILDERMEISTER CELLCUBE FB10 -130 S&D Precision Toolmakers have acquired the latest in energy storage technology in order to save on electricity

Environmental groups take govt to task over nuclear secrecy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2015 Environmental justice organisations Earthlife Africa and Southern Africa Faith Communities Environment Institute (Safcei) have taken to the courts to force government to make public its nuclear plans and follow a “fair and transparent” process in pursuing its nuclear ambitions. The parties this... 

Environmental groups take govt to task over nuclear secrecy
Photo by Duane Daws
Energy Minister Tin Joemat-Pettersson

New R300m green fund aims to advance ‘ecopreneurship’

By: African News Agency      14th October 2015 Risk financier Business Partners Limited on Wednesday launched a R300-million Green Fund to help finance sustainable businesses and projects that impact positively on the environment while creating wealth and jobs. “We recognise the huge market potential of the green economy opening new and... 

New R300m green fund aims to advance ‘ecopreneurship’

Earthlife urges S Africa to cut reliance on coal-fired power stations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2015 South Africa should not be allowed to create new coal-fired power stations if it is to tackle its carbon emissions and meet the global goal of keeping temperature increases below 2 °C, says South African environmental and antinuclear organisation Earthlife Africa energy policy officer Dominique... 

Earthlife urges S Africa to cut reliance on coal-fired power stations

Energy should be accessible to all, but it should be sustainable – Mistra

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2015 Governments need to deliberately decide that their renewable-energy strategies are energy access strategies and that these programmes are designed to not be grid-based, but rather based on a modular decentralised strategy to have many grids supplying energy where it is needed. This would create... 

Energy should be accessible to all, but it should be sustainable – Mistra

South Africa’s renewables ramp-up ‘impressive’, study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2015 Between January and June this year, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants contributed 2% of the 114.1 TWh of electricity sent to the national grid, a material scale-up from the position of previous years. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre head Dr Tobias... 

South Africa’s renewables ramp-up ‘impressive’, study shows
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

First ‘fully local’ solar PV projects selected under REIPPPP 

By: Natalie Greve     9th October 2015 The 5.8 MW Adams and 5.8 MW Bellatrix solar projects, in the Western Cape, have been selected under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), becoming the first projects under the programme to be locally developed, designed,... 

First ‘fully local’ solar PV projects selected under REIPPPP

Infrastructure input provider feels effects of slowing economy

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2015 JSE-listed Accéntuate experienced first-hand how the South African economy had slowed over the last few months, with a potentially solid financial year losing steam towards the finish line. Reporting financial results for the year ended June 30, the group serving the construction, chemicals,... 

Nuclear incompatible with renewables-heavy mix – Fraunhofer Institute 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2015 The technical and economic challenges associated with the large-scale deployment of renewable-energy had largely been solved, Professor Dr Clemens Hoffmann of Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology argued during a presentation in Pretoria on Thursday. He,... 

Nuclear incompatible with renewables-heavy mix – Fraunhofer Institute

Delegates pledge universal electricity access by 2030, as Sairec wraps up

By: Kim Cloete     7th October 2015 The South African International Renewable Energy Conference (Sairec) has wrapped up with a declaration to upscale and mainstream renewable energy globally. Delegates also pledged to make universal access to electricity a reality by 2030, with more than 1.3-billion people, including 621-million... 

Delegates pledge universal electricity access by 2030, as Sairec wraps up

Coal is a dirty fuel of the past, says WWF  

By: Kim Cloete     6th October 2015 The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on governments to introduce legislation that puts a stop to the construction of new coal plants, stating that coal consumption needed to be phased out completely by 2050, or earlier. The international nongovernmental organisation pointed out at the... 

Coal is a dirty fuel of the past, says WWF

Move towards 100% renewable energy by 2050, says Greenpeace  

By: Kim Cloete     6th October 2015 Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo has called for governments and the private sector to move towards 100% renewable energy by 2050.   “With real political will, we can get there,” he told the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (Sairec) in Cape Town on... 

Move towards 100% renewable energy by 2050, says Greenpeace

S Africa to extend renewable-energy programme into rest of Africa  

By: Kim Cloete     5th October 2015 The South African Department of Energy (DoE) plans to extend its renewable-energy programme to the rest of Africa over the next five years. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson told the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (Sairec) in Cape Town on Monday that government and... 

S Africa to extend renewable-energy programme into rest of Africa
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Africa can quadruple share of renewable energy – Irena report 

By: Kim Cloete     5th October 2015 Amid soaring electricity demand, the African continent is capable of generating nearly one-quarter of its energy needs through clean, indigenous renewable energy by 2030, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows. A combination of modern renewables technology could... 

Africa can quadruple share of renewable energy – Irena report

Renewable energy improves water supplies

     5th October 2015 Renewable energy has been an official part of South Africa’s exciting technology rollout since it was included in the country’s Integrated Resource Plan 2010 (IRP 2010). Through this, the South African government committed to produce nearly a tenth of our nation’s electricity from renewable... 

Renewable energy improves water supplies
Photo by Duane Daws
IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach

Wind farms seek better, cheaper storage 

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2015 Wind farm operators are under no illusion that their small power generation output will be inadequate to meet South Africa’s baseload issues. However, they believe that in time new storage measures and lower costs will change the game radically. Aurora Wind Power head of construction Christiaan... 

Wind farms seek better, cheaper storage

Inaugural high-level conference to tackle the ‘how’ of renewable-energy generation

By: Natalie Greve     2nd October 2015 An inaugural energy conference taking place in Cape Town next week is expected to demonstrate the drivers behind Africa remaining a preferred business destination for the renewables-energy sector and is being touted as a common platform through which government, the private sector and civil... 

Inaugural high-level conference to tackle the ‘how’ of renewable-energy generation

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2015 Energy storage systems have a key role to play in smoothing electricity consumption in South Africa because it can reduce peak demand, enable broader and more efficient use of alternative energy and renewable-energy systems, as well as enable more efficient use of existing capacity. This is the... 

Energy storage seen as having key role in complex electricity ecosystems

Zimbabwe launches solar policy  

By: News24Wire      1st October 2015 Zimbabwe's government launched a solar energy policy on Wednesday as it attempts to reduce a major power shortage in the country. A drought affecting the country's hydro plant at the Kariba Dam and the "abundant sun" in Zimbabwe made the solar project a priority, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa... 

Zimbabwe launches solar policy

Accéntuate looks at off-grid solutions in answer to Eskom woes

By: Irma Venter     28th September 2015 The Accéntuate group was investigating off-grid solutions, such as solar power, in answer to Eskom’s power supply woes, rather than finding a solution to load-shedding, said CEO Fred Platt on Monday as he announced the group’s year-end results in Johannesburg. He said off-grid solutions were... 

Accéntuate looks at off-grid solutions in answer to Eskom woes

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