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Oct 29, 2013
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In a significant show of support for South African renewable-energy projects, the European Union’s (EUs) long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has agreed to provide €210-million, or R2.8-billion, for the construction of the Ka Xu Solar...
Oct 29, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has informed another 17 renewable-energy developers that they have been appointed as preferred bidders following the conclusion of the third bid-submission round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Oct 29, 2013
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) delivered robust results for the year ended August 31, driven by the delivery of substantial complex electrical work in terms of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Oct 29, 2013
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
The public announcement of South Africa’s next set of preferred renewable-energy bidders was postponed from the scheduled date of October 29 to November 4, owing to the fact that Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins and his senior officials are participating in...
Oct 25, 2013
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Standalone electricity generation sets (gensets) can be used to manage the resulting power produced by solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy generation plants and can also be used to provide electricity in a rural area as part of a hybrid...
Oct 22, 2013
Sonnedix president Franck Constant
Global independent power producer Sonnedix, which focuses solely on the development and operation of solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, has earmarked South Africa as a potential core future investment destination for both projects and acquisitions. The company,...
Oct 21, 2013
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Growthpoint Properties plans to install a utility-scale 892-MWh-a-year solar power rooftop plant to power its Waterfall Mall, in Rustenburg. The group signed an agreement with Solar Century Africa and State-owned power utility Eskom for the installation of the plant,...
Oct 16, 2013
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Construction of the R1.2-billion, 61.5 MW Grassridge Wind Energy Facility, in Nelson Mandela Bay, officially started on Wednesday. The wind farm was being established at cement company PPC’s Grassridge quarry, in Port Elizabeth. It formed part of the Department of...
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Oct 08, 2013
Altron CEO Robert Venter
JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) returned to profitability in the six months ended August 31, as it continued its focus on rigorous cost control, extracting efficiencies from its existing businesses and working capital management. The engineering and technology...
Oct 07, 2013
A R17-million, 1 MW industrial grid-tied solar plant, placed atop the 100 000 m² roof of Belgotex Floorcoverings’ manufacturing facility in Pietermaritzburg, was set to come online in November. The new plant, which was installed by Sustainable Power Solutions within...
Oct 04, 2013
The African Development Bank (AfDB) had become the largest financier of clean energy in Africa, acting director of the climate change department Kurt Lonsway reported on Friday. The AfDB provided a cumulative $4.3-billion of the total $14.7-billion invested by...
Oct 04, 2013
Green energy technology services provider New Southern Energy (NSE) is looking to supply and install energy efficient water heating systems, including heat pumps, at a number of hospitals owned by South Africa-based private hospital operator Life Healthcare, NSE...
Oct 04, 2013
RENEWABLE ENERGYThe Meadowbrook building uses three wind turbines that generate electricity directly into the building’s grid to power the pumps and lighting when solar power is not available
Pump manufacturing company Grundfos’ new 9 000 m2 facility, in Meadowbrook, which cost about R150-million to construct, was officially opened on August 14 and will serve as the company’s assembly and distribution centre for Africa. “The company decided to consolidate...
Oct 04, 2013
MPs of the Portfolio Committee on Energy and their counterparts from the Pan African Parliament (PAP) have developed an action plan on how legislators can play a role in ensuring that Africans have access to affordable and sustainable energy.
Oct 02, 2013
Banking group Standard Bank, its Kenya-based subsidairy Stanbic Bank and independent power producer Aeolus Kenya have partnered in a $150-million deal to develop a 60.8 MW wind power project in the Kinangop plateau, central Kenya. The Kenyan government will be the...
Oct 02, 2013
The energisation process for the 50 MW Droogfontein solar power photovoltaic project was set to kick off on October 6, in line with the closure of Transnet’s Kimberley railway line from October 1 to 10. The project, which is being built as part of the first window of...
Sep 27, 2013
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COST-EFFECTIVE POWER Photovoltaic systems are a better electricity generation option for sites using more expensive alternatives, such as diesel-powered generators
Green energy technology service provider New Southern Energy (NSE) is supplying a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system, generator and batteries for an energy efficiency greenfield project at a game lodge in Arniston, in the Western Cape. Construction at the game...
Sep 27, 2013
ST JOHN’S COLLEGEThe school won first prize with its model of an energy-efficient home at the 2013 Siemens Junior Cyber Yard Challenge
St John’s College, in Johannesburg, won first prize in the 2013 Siemens Junior Cyber Junk Yard Challenge earlier this month, – a competition in which talented learners go head-to-head in building models of energy-saving homes.
 
 
 
 
Sep 27, 2013
LANGA The first 463 units will be constructed at a cost of R170-million
In The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, the character Michael Henchard works in the mythical area of Wessex, in England, in the nineteenth century (that is, the 1800s, for those of you Natal graduates).
Sep 27, 2013
CONCRETE CABINPrecast concrete cabin manufacturing is increasing because of the country’s emerging solar power industry
Precast concrete manufacturer Rocla has entered into a manufacturing-under-licence agreement with Spain-based precast concrete cabin supplier Prephor to manufacture precast concrete cabins to supply South Africa’s budding photovoltaic (PV) farms.
Sep 26, 2013
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Denmark, which is working closely with South Africa on its wind energy programme, believes the African country can become the hub of wind power in Africa. South Africa's wind energy industry is rapidly gaining momentum, with numerous wind farms being developed and...
Sep 26, 2013
Foreign companies supplying the South African wind energy industry have called for more clarity on the procurement requirements for future rounds of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The requirement for...
Sep 26, 2013
Solarcentury CEO Frans van den Heuvel
UK-based solar solutions provider Solarcentury’s ambition to expand into African markets has gained momentum as the group established a 85:15 joint venture (JV) with a South Africa-based partner. Solarcentury and project developer Momentous Energy officially launched...
Sep 25, 2013
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The global wind energy industry is looking very healthy, with wind-generated power growing faster than any other renewable-energy technology in 2012, climbing by 19% to 283 GW, delegates attending the WINDaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town have heard. The US...
Sep 20, 2013
SOLAR GEYSERS SHARE i4 Power Technology holds an 86% share in the manufacturing rights of solar thermal technology manufacturer Genersys Solar’s solar water heaters in South Africa
Energy efficient technology solutions provider i4 Power Technology  (i4PT) group plans to start manufacturing some its products locally, including its heating and cooling solutions, in the next 9 to 12 months, i4 Group CEO Ajay Jekison tells Engineering News. He says...
Sep 20, 2013
A joint venture (JV) has been appointed to build a 60 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Boshof, in the Free State.
Sep 20, 2013
POPULAR CHOICE Heat pumps are more versatile as they can heat a room, produce hot water and switch modes to provide cooling in summer
Floor heating systems and heat pump inverters are sustainable building solutions company Kyasol’s most popular and reliable way of heating or cooling a room, says Kyasol project engineer Istvan Nyul. He says if these systems are combined with photovoltaic power...
Sep 16, 2013
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The first of three solar projects awarded to global solar energy provider Scatec Solar under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has come on line three months ahead of schedule. Scatec said on Monday that it had...
 
 
 
 
Sep 13, 2013
The World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds (CIF), designed to help developing countries pilot transformations in clean technology, on Thursday endorsed an investment plan aimed at assisting Tanzania in scaling up the development of its abundant renewable energy...
Sep 13, 2013
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FIRST WIND TURBINE South Africa’s first wind turbine has been erected in the Eastern Cape
The first wind turbine for South Africa came on line last month, at the Metrowind Van Stadens wind farm, near Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.
Sep 13, 2013
The South African supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB Africa Welding & Cutting, which is the sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary of UK-based industrial company ESAB Holdings, donated more than R200 000 in welding consumables last month to the institute for...
Sep 11, 2013
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Following the installation of three of its nine Sinovel SL3000 3 MW wind turbines, the 27 MW MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm project, in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality (NMBM), is on track to begin cold commissioning in October. This phase would involve extensive...
Sep 09, 2013
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena
South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which plans to issue bonds up to R12-billion in the next 18 months, on Monday announced stepped-up R2.7-billion funding to boost youth entrepreneurship. The State-owned corporation, which disbursed...
Sep 06, 2013
Key changes are being seen in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) third round project bid submissions, compared with those bids submitted during the previous two rounds, management consultancy firm Arup said on Friday. The...
Sep 06, 2013
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Sep 04, 2013
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Manufacturers in the solar energy field have called for incentives, such as tax breaks or subsidies, to offset the cost of local-content requirements. Solar industry executives have told the Solar Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, that some local components cost...
Sep 03, 2013
The cost of solar technologies has come down dramatically over the past few years, making this an increasingly viable form of renewable energy for South Africa, attendees at the Solar Indaba were told on Tuesday. The indaba, being held in Cape Town, has drawn 250...
Sep 03, 2013
The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), which funds private-sector activities in developing countries, reported on Tuesday that it had committed and mobilised record investments of $5.3-billion for sub-Saharan African projects during its 2013...
 
 
 
 
Aug 30, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
The operators of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, which is one of the first wind farms arising from the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, on Friday announced that construction has started on the first of 60 wind...
Aug 30, 2013
Wind energy would form a substantial portion of Kenya’s planned 5 000 MW power generation capacity increase expected to take place over the next 40 months, Kenya Energy Ministry acting director for renewable energy Isaac Kiva said on Friday. To this end, a high-level...
Aug 30, 2013
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The Gauteng Provincial Government is to spend R11-billion for a large scale roll-out of solar panels on all State-owned buildings across the province. This will result in the generation of electricity, which will be in line with the National Development Plan’s call...
Aug 30, 2013
A group of postgraduate entrepreneurship students of the University of Cape Town (UCT), in the Western Cape, has designed and built a portable solar charger, the SolaNova, which can charge any mobile device, says postgraduate student and group member Abdul Issufo....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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