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Nov 12, 2013
Liberia has received a $50-million endorsement from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)  Scale up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) programme to support its far-reaching renewable-energy investment plan, the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced on...
Nov 11, 2013
The Coega Industrial Development Zone’s (IDZ’s) first wind turbine manufacturing facility under development by engineering company DCD-subsidiary Wind Tower, in conjunction with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC),...
Nov 11, 2013
Absa Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) on Monday said it would provide R10.8-billion of debt funding to a total of six projects, comprising wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), under the third round of the Renewable Energy...
Nov 08, 2013
Sapvia chairperson Davin Chown
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association has urged the Department of Energy (DoE) to take up the opportunity to extend the list of preferred bidders arising from the highly competitive third bid window, arguing that the projects offer good value and could...
Nov 08, 2013
Nedbank group investment banking division Nedbank Capital on Thursday reported that it had underwritten debt funding for seven of the 11 debt-funded projects included in the 17 projects awarded in the third window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer...
Nov 08, 2013
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BREAKING GROUND Crowie Concessions chairperson Rowan Crowie, Kheis municipality mayor Paul Vries and ACWA Power chairperson Mohammed Abunayyan
Construction of the independent greenfield solar power project – the Bokpoort plant – started last month. The facility will be a 50 MW plant, enough to power about 21 000 homes in Upington, in the Northern Cape.
Nov 08, 2013
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Engineering company DCD Group has been recognised for its contribution towards promoting localisation in the wind-energy sector by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), which recently presented it with its 'Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement...
Nov 08, 2013
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Sasol have inaugurated the first building of the ChemCity Business Incubator (CBI), in Sasolburg, which will support and promote the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs). Trade and Industry...
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
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Nov 04, 2013
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Nov 04, 2013
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Nov 01, 2013
Ellis Park stadium, which has an electricity bill of just below R400 000 a month, could reduce its electricity consumption by up to 40% by implementing energy efficiency measures, German consulting firm Transsolar Energietechnik CE Professor Volkmar Bleicher said on...
Nov 01, 2013
SOLAR ROOFTOP The Waterfall Mall solar power plant will generate 892 MWh of electricity a year
JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties recently signed agreements with Solar Century Africa and Stated-owned power utility Eskom to install a utility-scale solar power plant on the rooftop of Growthpoint’s Waterfall Mall, in Rustenburg.
Nov 01, 2013
Phase 1 of Sasol Group’s new ChemCity Eco Industrial Park (CEIP), a 172 ha site in Sasolburg, in the Free State, has been completed. Phase 1 comprised 110 light-industry stands of between 630 m2 and 990 m2, of which 17 have been transferred to their new owners.
Oct 31, 2013
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The MetroWind Van Stadens wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, was on track to start generating power to the grid by February, after Grindrod’s 50%-owned subsidiary Vanguard completed the erection of nine Sinovel SL3000 3 MW wind turbines, with electrical installation...
Oct 30, 2013
The underdeveloped biogas market in South Africa can largely be attributed to the country’s historical waste management policy and an absence of regulatory incentives, both of which have driven capital costs for biogas projects to upwards of R30-million per megawatt,...
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...
Oct 14, 2013
Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking CEO David Munro
Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking reports that it is backing projects worth R10-billion as part of South Africa’s third renewable-energy bidding round, which is currently in the final stages of adjudication. CEO David Munro says the projects have a...
Oct 11, 2013
A new world record of 44.7% of sunlight was converted into electricity by a photovoltaic panel using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells last month, says German research organisation Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems department head and...
Oct 11, 2013
Ivanpah concentrated solar power plant’s Unit 1 produced its first output of energy and was successfully synchronised to the California power grid for the first time last month. The solar thermal project uses an array of mirrors to focus sunlight and heat on a...
Oct 09, 2013
ACWA's Southern Africa business director Chris Ehlers
Independent power producer ACWA Power is pursuing several electricity investments in Southern Africa over and above the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project being developed in the Northern Cape and has set a goal of building a regional portfolio with...
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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