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May 15, 2014
International energy companies Globeleq and Mainstream Renewable Power have confirmed that they plan to continue to jointly explore and develop renewable-energy projects in South Africa, where they have together already built 100 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV)...
May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
Private-sector partners have committed over $14-billion to the Power Africa project, which was launched by US President Barack Obama last year, doubling the $7-billion set aside by USAID for the project for the next five years. In an update on the project, Agnes...
May 13, 2014
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The African Utility Week has got under way in Cape Town with a call for more interconnectedness between countries and a concerted effort to power up more households and industries on the continent. Eskom transmission development group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo said...
May 09, 2014
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138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
All 60 wind turbines at the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape, have been commissioned, following the erection of the final turbine in February. The project’s next milestone will be its commercial operations date, which GM Mark Pickering says is now...
May 09, 2014
Africa-focused thermal and hydroelectric power developer and operator Endeavor Energy, infrastructure giant General Electric (GE) and water and electricity utility sector operating group Finagestion this week partnered to develop and implement the largest-single...
May 09, 2014
Infrastructure solutions group Akhani and energy management services company Energy Cybernetics have partnered to identify opportunities to roll-out solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and bring down the costs of energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The two South African...
May 08, 2014
A grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar installation system, which comprises five 3 kW solar PV panels, completed in August last year, has so far facilitated training of over 120 candidates at North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom campus. The 3 kW island system...
May 02, 2014
Apr 30, 2014
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Apr 17, 2014
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Apr 17, 2014
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A specialist in finance and energy says South Africa's electricity prices are too low and unsustainable. “We are under-pricing electricity by at least a factor of two,” Bridge Capital Refco director Dudley Baylis told Engineering News Online.
Apr 17, 2014
Two more Northern Cape solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power, have achieved commercial operations and will be formally inaugurated in mid May. Both projects are majority owned by independent power producer Globeleq and both...
Apr 16, 2014
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Apr 14, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins confirmed on Monday that the long awaited cogeneration and coal independent power producer (IPP) procurement programmes would be initiated in April and May respectively. In addition, in something of a surprise move, the Minister...
Apr 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins will on Monday make major announcements related to the much-delayed independent power producer (IPP) procurement processes. But in an unusual move, it appears the announcements will coincide with the Minister’s address to a paid...
Apr 09, 2014
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Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour...
Apr 08, 2014
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Southern Africa’s first ever wind atlas, developed to help government and industry to identify high-potential wind development zones, has reached the end of its first stage and is to be expanded following new funding commitments. The Wind Atlas for South Africa...
Apr 02, 2014
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Mar 28, 2014
The 10 MW Konkoonsies solar plant
Independent power producer (IPP) BioTherm Energy has confirmed that its two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities, Konkoonsies and Aries, have officially entered into commercial operations. The projects were selected as part of the first bid window under the...
Mar 28, 2014
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa
The difficulties of accessing international financial assistance and meeting stringent borrowing conditions were a collective barrier to fully developing and rolling out climate change programmes for the City of Johannesburg, said city mayor Parks Tau at the C40...
 
 
 
 
Mar 26, 2014
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UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon...
Mar 25, 2014
Semiconductor materials manufacturer Soitec announced on Tuesday that its Touwsrivier concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar plant, in the Western Cape, had met milestones set for commissioning of half of the 44 MW facility. The company said in a statement it was...
Mar 25, 2014
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South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE) expects to finalise procurement documents for coal and cogeneration independent power producers (IPPs) before the end of this month and says the requests for proposals (RFPs) should be published in April, once internal...
Mar 18, 2014
The total energy capacity in Africa’s 54 member States is equal to that of Germany and Denmark alone, while 585-million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity. Putting these facts on the table, South Africa’s deputy director-general of energy, Dr...
Mar 17, 2014
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Improving energy infrastructure on the African continent will unleash investments, drive jobs and drive down pollution, US Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman has told the Power-Gen Africa conference in Cape Town. An upbeat Poneman said while energy costs in...
Mar 14, 2014
In support of its overarching ambition to roll out natural gas facilities across South Africa, CNG Holdings subsidiary NGV Gas has launched a compressed natural gas (CNG) public filling station at Langlaagte, in Johannesburg, with the objective of providing “clean...
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
Power Evacuation 220 kV transmission lines will evacuate electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydroelectric plant
Construction of transmission lines to evacuate power from a regional hydroelectric project in East Africa, which was hanging on the balance following the withdrawal of financing by key partners, is now back on track. After six months of uncertainty, the African...
Mar 07, 2014
In light of water week, South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) highlights that the entire bottled water industry in South Africa uses less water than that used to irrigate two golf courses. The usage of water by the total South African bottled...
Mar 07, 2014
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Investments in large-scale solar power projects in Africa, supported by increasing populations and growing economies spurring energy demands, will transform the continent and will create hundreds of thousands of formal-sector jobs, says renewable-energy investor...
 
 
 
 
Feb 28, 2014
Final turbine erection.
All 60 turbines have been installed at the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, with the project, which is already supplying electricity to Eskom, expected to enter commercial operations in May. GM Mark Pickering said a 90-person erection crew had...
Feb 28, 2014
Wind farm development project MetroWind Van Stadens (MWVS) wind farm will sell renewable energy to State-owned utility Eskom, who will be exhibiting at Power-Gen Africa 2014, for the next 20 years in accordance with the terms of a power purchase agreement.
Feb 28, 2014
Soil stabilisation products supplier AnyWay Solid Environmental Solutions says Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) project managers should consider environment-friendly options as alternative methods for road building and...
Feb 28, 2014
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric, which is exhibiting at Power-Gen Africa 2014, has invited 725 African students to take part in the Go Green in the City global business case challenge, launched in November, focusing on innovative energy solutions for...
Feb 26, 2014
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan reaffirmed the State’s commitment to national infrastructure development in his 2014 Budget, noting that R847-billion would be invested in infrastructure over the coming three years, reinforcing a shift in the composition of...
Feb 25, 2014
Austro CEO Paul Mansour
Energy-focused industrial supplier Austro has beefed up its board ahead of what CEO Paul Mansour hopes will be a period of accelerated growth, designed to elevate the company from its current status as a “micro cap” on the JSE to a “small cap”, with a market...
Feb 21, 2014
Balancing the costs of insurance against the risks involved in building a renewable- energy plant in South Africa has proven critical to secure funding for these projects, says Marsh Africa director Nicola Harris. The experiences gleaned from renewable-energy...
Feb 17, 2014
Vestas CEO Anders Runevad
The world’s leading wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas, which is building 435 MW of capacity in South Africa and has a further 90 MW advancing towards financial close, has opened permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it intends pursuing South African and...
Feb 14, 2014
Local warehouse chain Makro has been investing in cost-effective ways of heating and cooling its warehouses and refrigeration systems, says store development manager Alan Walker. He adds that Makro introduced an initiative to construct “new generation stores” that...
Feb 14, 2014
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VIVIAN ALBERTS PTiP converts basic raw materials through about 15 production processes into a fully integrated solar energy product
A demonstration plant to showcase locally developed thin-film solar module technology, used for converting sunlight into electricity, has officially opened its doors. The R180-million, 3 500 m2 semi-commercial facility, in Stellenbosch, is a joint venture (JV)...
 
 
 
 
Feb 11, 2014
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Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins
Energy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins reported on Tuesday that a deadline of the end of March had been set by the Department of Energy (DoE) for the initiation of the long-awaited procurement processes for new baseload and cogeneration independent power producer (IPP)...
Feb 11, 2014
South Africa has enough liquidity to finance the next round of renewable-energy projects, with local banks maintaining their appetite in the emerging industry, a panel said at the Solarplaza conference, held in Sandton on Tuesday. The panel, which comprised Standard...
Feb 11, 2014
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Feb 10, 2014
The Hopefield wind farm
The 66 MW Hopefield wind farm, in the Western Cape, has achieved its commercial operation date, Cape Town-based owner and developer Umoya Energy reports. Construction on the project, which comprises 37 wind turbines, began in late 2012, having been identified as a...
Feb 10, 2014
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The 27 MW MetroWind Van Stadens (MWVS) wind farm has officially started commercial operations, the developers confirmed on Monday. The facility, which is located in the wind-rich Nelson Mandela Bay municipal area of the Eastern Cape has been supplying power into the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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