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May 13, 2015
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Eskom’s group executive for generation, Mongezi Ntsokolo, was at pains to assure South Africans that the utility was working hard to sort out the country's shortage in electricity supply, when addressing delegates at an African Utility Week panel discussion on...
May 13, 2015
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Thin-film solar module manufacturer First Solar has released details of a South Africa-focused study that seeks to highlight the energy-yield benefits of its solution when compared with other photovoltaic (PV) offerings. The modelling was conducted by independent...
May 07, 2015
Saudi Arabia continues to enjoy a trade surplus of R72.6-billion against South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. The Minister was speaking at the sixth session of the South Africa-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) held in Riyadh in...
May 05, 2015
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Acknowledging the shortage of access points to connect renewable-energy projects developed under government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to the national grid, Eskom system operator Bernard Magoro on Wednesday...
May 05, 2015
Comment emerging from the Renewable Energy Forum in South Africa, on Wednesday, has suggested a largely bullish view of the local renewable-energy sector by investors and project developers, with several applauding the progress of government’s Renewable Energy...
May 04, 2015
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South Africa’s national electricity grid has received a 100 MW boost as the Dorper wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, reached steady-state electricity feed-in. The wind farm, which was one of the Department of Energy’s first-window projects of the Renewable Energy...
May 01, 2015
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
Clean energy leader Tesla Motors on Thursday night launched a new range of batteries that could power homes and commercial buildings at a fraction of the expected cost, highlighting the growing demand for the minerals, such as graphite, cobalt and lithium, required...
May 01, 2015
UNIFIED SOLUTIONS The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition has formed strategic partnerships with the Department of Energy and Barack Obama's Power Africa initiative
The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition have this year attracted two key partners, the Department of Energy (DoE), which has committed to a three-year partnership, and US President Barack Obama’s $20-billion fund to improve access to...
May 01, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
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Apr 30, 2015
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Apr 23, 2015
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JSE-listed Altron subsidiary Powertech System Integrators (PTSI) has launched a grid-tied solar rooftop photovoltaic (PV) offering aimed at corporates that allows access to a hybrid energy solution, which uses a combination of grid and solar power. The company...
Apr 23, 2015
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In a long awaited announcement, which attracted intense media attention, the South African Department of Energy (DoE) recently published the list of preferred bidders for round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) – 415...
Apr 22, 2015
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Acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has outlined a range of moves he hopes will alleviate the State-owned power utility’s power supply crisis, including finding an extra 3 000 MW by 2016, which could lead to an end to load-shedding.  “We need 3 000 MW to do both planned...
Apr 22, 2015
Globally, the power industry is facing a perfect storm of unprecedented challenges and companies failing to stay ahead of the curve face an uncertain future, PwC said on Wednesday. As South Africa – and the world’s – power sector rapidly transformed, new business and...
Apr 22, 2015
Sapoa CEO Neil Gopal and Sapvia CEO Moeketsi Thobela
The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) opening to way for collaboration on the use of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in the...
Apr 22, 2015
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Boutique advisory company EDPlatform, established in 2012 to support energy developers meet the economic-development requirements of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) procurement initiatives, has described recent announcements on the expansion and...
Apr 22, 2015
On the heels of Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s recent announcement of the preferred bidders under the fourth bidding round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), renewable-energy specialists, energy policymakers...
Apr 21, 2015
Moses Mabhida Stadium
The eThekwini municipality will invest R8.7-million in placing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World, Kings Park swimming pool, the Metro Police headquarters, eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s (EWS’s) customer service block...
Apr 21, 2015
JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) on Tuesday reported a 26% year-on-year increase in revenue to R1.7-billion for the six months ended February 28, while its aftertax profit grew by 36% year-on-year to R164-million. The higher profit was driven...
Apr 20, 2015
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The Sere wind farm
Electricity utility Eskom announced on Monday that its 100 MW Sere wind farm, near Vredendal in the Western Cape, had entered full commercial operations at the end of March, with all 46 wind turbines having been erected and the construction of the Skaapvlei...
 
 
 
 
Apr 20, 2015
Solar panels and systems designer SunPower on Monday started construction on the 86 MW peak Prieska solar power plant in the Northern Cape. The project, which would become operational in 2016, was the third solar power plant to be built by SunPower under the South...
Apr 20, 2015
Black-empowered residential project developer Calgro M3 is set to launch a subsidiary that will operate completely off the national electricity grid, generating its own renewable energy to power all aspects of the business, including its administration office. Calgro...
Apr 17, 2015
South African independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE) has been granted preferred bidder status on two 140 MW wind projects as part of the fourth bidding window for the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Apr 17, 2015
Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of...
Apr 17, 2015
Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system
International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of...
Apr 17, 2015
EXPANDING USE OF SOLAR Regulations in Dubai are aimed at encouraging people to install solar energy
The regulations to govern solar power connection in Dubai homes and businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are in the final stages of development.
Apr 17, 2015
HARNESSING WIND POWER Siemens will manufacture rotor blade for wind turbines to contribute to the 2 GW of wind power capacity that will be generated in Egypt
Electrical engineering company Siemens and the Egyptian government reached two firm agreements on March 14, firstly to build a 4.4 GW combined-cycle power plant and, secondly, to install wind power capacity of 2 GW – both in Egypt.
Apr 17, 2015
While the energy crunch in South Africa will remain a problem over the medium term, the benefits of energy efficiency and management will persist for much longer, says national Measurement and Verification Council (MVCSA) board member and Southern African Association...
Apr 17, 2015
LOUIS SHAFFER It would be in South Africa’s best interest to pursue rooftop solar to add a few gigawatts in the near future
The large-scale exploitation and rapid implementation of rooftop solar power for commercial buildings and households would bring drastic relief from South Africa’s current electricity woes, says power management solutions company Eaton.
Apr 17, 2015
HARSH ENVIRONMENTS CleanARC coatings serve to extend the performance of photovoltaic products in harsh conditions
China-based solar panel manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Yingli Solar) announced in January that CleanARC anti-reflective (AR) glass coating is now available on all Yingli product lines.
 
 
 
 
Apr 16, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson
The Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the names of 13 projects that have been accepted in the fourth bidding window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The 13, which would make up 1 121 MW installed capacity on...
Apr 16, 2015
The 138 MW Roggeveld wind farm, in the Karoo, is one of five wind projects across the country to have been awarded preferred bidder status in the fourth round of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Energy Minister...
Apr 16, 2015
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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to accelerate and expand the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), reporting that she will be seeking the concurrence of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa...
Apr 15, 2015
One of BioTherm's existing SA projects
South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy has confirmed that three of its renewable-energy projects, with a combined capacity of 251 MW, were named as preferred bids during the fourth bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power...
Apr 15, 2015
The concentrated solar power (CSP) industry in South Africa has called for clarity on connection to the power grid, as well as certainty about timeframes. “We need further clarity on timeframes and future allocation, as well as considering procurement of larger CSP...
Apr 14, 2015
With one major concentrated solar power (CSP) plant up and running near Upington, in the Northern Cape, and another two in development, players in the CSP market see much opportunity for the industry. But they have called for greater certainty from government on its...
Apr 14, 2015
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Apr 14, 2015
Italy’s Enel Green Power (EGP) has confirmed that three of its wind-energy projects, collectively valued at €500-million, were selected as preferred bids following the much delayed fourth bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer...
Apr 10, 2015
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Balancing the financial sustainability of electricity distributors with the creation of a conducive environment for investment by households and businesses in rooftop solar systems, emerged as a key theme of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s)...
Apr 09, 2015
Trina Solar's Africa sales manager Warren Pollard
Chinese photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer Trina Solar, which initially entered the South African market in 2011 with a focus on the utility-scale projects emerging from the Department of Energy’s renewables programme, reports that it is increasingly turning its...
 
 
 
 
Apr 03, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MTBSA) has unveiled a grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at its assembly facility in Durban, making it the first carbon-neutral MAN plant in the world. The 580 kW, 2 320-panel, 6 300 m2 system is capable of generating...
Apr 02, 2015
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Africa installed nearly 1 GW of wind power for the first time in 2014 and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects the market to expand even faster in 2015, led by South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. Speaking during the release of the ‘Global Wind Report: Annual...
Mar 30, 2015
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Mar 27, 2015
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Lynne Brown
Power utility Eskom has implemented regular power cuts this year to prevent the national grid being overwhelmed, as South Africa faces its worst energy crisis in decades, Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown said earlier this week, adding that power outages cost...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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