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Renewable Energy News

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... 

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

Joburg has received applications for 32 MW of rooftop solar 

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2015 Johannesburg’s City Power estimates that there are already 4 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop capacity in operation across the city and has revealed that it has received applications for the installation of a further 32 MW. The largest rooftop installation is currently the 1.5 MW facility at... 

Joburg has received applications for 32 MW of rooftop solar

SA’s solar programme a ‘game changer’, says Davies 

By: African News Agency      23rd September 2015 Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said on Tuesday that South Africa’s solar energy programme (SEP) would deliver a quarter of the country’s renewable energy by 2030 and should be recognised as a game changer that would create opportunities for communities. Davies, speaking during a visit... 

SA’s solar programme a ‘game changer’, says Davies

Developing countries adopting energy alternatives as affordability improves

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th September 2015 The beckoning affordability and accessibility of energy technologies that provide alternative means of energy have resulted in an increase of over 35% in sustainable energy use in developing countries between 2013 and 2014, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners. 

Quality-control testing at PV project due for 2016 completion

By: Bruce Montiea     18th September 2015 Renewable-energy consulting and engineering firm Enertis is conducting factory inspections and independent quality-control tests at the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska photovoltaic (PV) project, in the Northern Cape. The company tells Engineering News that the testing started in May and will be... 

Quality-control testing  at PV project due for  2016 completion
QUALITY PRODUCT It is beneficial for local manufacturers of PV modules to formally test their products, as this leads to improved quality

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2015 To improve the sustainability of tourism in South Africa, the Department of Tourism has included renewable-energy technology in the retrofitting of key tourist attractions and State-owned destinations in the pilot phase of a Tourism Incentive Programme (TIP), which will be carried out over the... 

Robben Island’s renewables makeover part of bigger going-green strategy

Hummingbird considers hydropower options for Liberia mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2015 Gold miner Hummingbird Resources is considering the development of a run-of-river (ROR) hydroelectric facility to support the development and operation of its Dugbe mine, in south-west Liberia. Following a positive preliminary report for the proposed hydroelectric power (HEP) plant, about 10 km... 

Hummingbird considers hydropower options for Liberia mine

Intelligent grid to shape S Africa’s electricity future – researcher

By: Natalie Greve     15th September 2015 South Africa would realise a far greater return on its energy investments were it to introduce a “smarter”, more flexible electricity grid that incorporated an appropriate transmission and distribution network, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researcher Steve Hedden said on Tuesday.... 

Intelligent grid to shape S Africa’s electricity future – researcher

Increased competition could benefit S African power sector – Tata 

By: Leandi Kolver     15th September 2015 More independent power producers (IPPs) should get involved in South Africa’s power generation sector to create a multibuyer market, as opposed to the single-buyer market currently dominated by State-owned power utility Eskom, integrated power company Tata Power MD Anil Sardana believes. During a... 

Increased competition could benefit S African power sector – Tata

IDC sticks to R100bn, five-year loans target despite 2015 pull-back

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2015 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which reported a fall in loan approvals and disbursements in 2015, has retained its five-year target of injecting R100-billion of development finance into the South African economy by 2020, despite weak market conditions. During 2015, the... 

IDC sticks to R100bn, five-year loans target despite 2015 pull-back
Photo by Duane Daws
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena

Investing in green building makes economic sense – GBCSA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th September 2015 Green buildings outperform their conventional counterparts by almost 30%, the IPD South Africa Annual Green Property Indicators 2014 report shows. The research report, compiled by analyst company MSCI, found that green properties delivered an ungeared total return of 12.1%, while less efficient... 

Investing in green building makes economic sense – GBCSA

UK, Norway conclude Globeleq Africa acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2015 The UK’s State-owned development finance institution CDC and Norwegian investment fund Norfund’s joint buyout of power generation platform Globeleq Africa from emerging market investor Actis has been concluded, the parties announced on Monday. Norfund, which injected $227-million for a 30% stake... 

Eaton unveils back-up power solution for small, medium enterprises

By: Anine Kilian     9th September 2015 Power management company Eaton on Wednesday launched an energy saving and back-up hybrid invertor system that allows for continued power during load-shedding. The system, which was launched alongside Eaton’s Experience Centre, in Wadeville, could provide sufficient power for small- to... 

R7bn to be invested in construction of two new Northern Cape wind farms 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2015 Wind and solar project developer Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa on Wednesday broke ground on the adjacent Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, in the Hantam municipality, Northern Cape, which would be developed at a combined cost of R7-billion. Each of the two wind farms would have an... 

R7bn to be invested in construction of two new Northern Cape wind farms

138 MW Gouda wind farm enters commercial operations 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2015 The 138 MW Gouda wind farm, in the Western Cape, has officially entered commercial operations. The project was selected by the Department of Energy following the second bid-window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

138 MW Gouda wind farm enters commercial operations
The Gouda wind farm

R2bn Kouga wind farm officially opened 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th September 2015 The R2-billion Kouga wind farm, located at Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape, was officially opened on Friday by Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC Sakhumzi Somyo. The power plant, which entered commercial operations earlier this year, incorporates 32 Nordex turbines and is... 

R2bn Kouga wind farm officially opened
MEC Sakhumzi Somyo

Eskom seeks to learn microgrid lessons from global best-practice study

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2015 South African power utility Eskom is participating in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD’s) microgrids programme, itself a subcomponent of the council’s larger Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi). WBCSD CEO Peter Bakker tells Engineering News Online... 

Eskom seeks to learn microgrid lessons from global best-practice study
WBCSD CEO Peter Bakker

S Africa set to host international renewable-energy conference

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2015 South Africa is set to play host to Africa’s first international renewable-energy conference, providing a platform to showcase the continent’s numerous renewable-energy projects to high-level international delegates, in Cape Town, from October 4 to 7. The South African International Renewable... 

S Africa set to host international renewable-energy conference

Gas emerges as key focus area for DoE in immediate future 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2015 There are indications that South Africa’s much neglected gas industry may start seeing renewed activity, as Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Monday pushed forward her ambitions for immediate focus to shift to the development of gas-sourced power, alongside the successful renewable-energy... 

Gas emerges as key focus area for DoE in immediate future
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

S Africa’s renewables programme the basis of green economy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2015 South Africa’s successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has not only brought in hundreds of billions of rands in economic infrastructure investment but has also seemingly become the fulcrum of the country’s proposed ‘green economy’ development. In... 

S Africa’s renewables programme the basis of green economy

New determinations create framework for key IPP procurement programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2015 New Ministerial determinations creating the framework for the procurement of additional renewable-energy, gas and cogeneration capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) have been published in the Government Gazette. The determinations are in line with announcements made by Energy Minister... 

New determinations create framework for key IPP procurement programmes

Eastern Cape wind farm on track for 2016 operation

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2015 Cleaner energy company Cennergi’s Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape, is set for commercial operation in June 2016, with the first shipment of wind turbines having arrived in May at Coega Bay, in Port Elizabeth.  

Eastern Cape wind farm on track for 2016 operation
WIND TURBINES The 134.4 MW plant will consist of 56 N117/2400 Nordex turbines and will have a capacity factor of 35%

Turbine foundations being laid at N Cape wind project

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2015 The construction of the first 14 wind turbine foundations for the Noupoort Wind Farm in the Umsobomvu local municipality, in the Northern Cape, was completed last month, with the remaining 21 foundations expected to be completed by the end of the year.  

Turbine foundations being laid at N Cape wind project
LAYING THE FOUNDATION Umsobomvu local municipality mayor Nombulelo Hermans at the Noupoort Wind Farm site

Uncertain load-shedding schedules prove costly for food production  

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st August 2015 The erratic implementation of load-shedding schedules is costing the local food production industry millions of rands every month, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners. 

CSIR study estimates net renewables benefit of R4bn in H1 2015 

By: Terence Creamer     19th August 2015 A new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) study calculates that South Africa’s wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects generated nearly R4-billion more in financial benefits during the first half of 2015 than they cost the country. Conducted by the CSIR Energy Centre the study... 

CSIR study estimates net renewables benefit of R4bn in H1 2015

Domestic wind generators could be money-spinners 

By: Kim Cloete     14th August 2015 A South African entrepreneur has pioneered a wind-powered generator that operates as an independent mini power station for households and small businesses. The Psiclone wind generator, which had been rigorously tested in partnership with Fort Hare University’s Physics department, was launched at... 

Domestic wind generators could be money-spinners

Cape biogas power plant breaches 1.5 GWh milestone, but far more possible 

By: Terence Creamer     14th August 2015 One year into operation, a pioneering 500 kVA biogas power plant at the Uilenkraal dairy farm, near Darling in the Western Cape, achieved a 1.5 GWh electricity-production milestone during August. However, Cape Advanced Engineering (CAE) MD Dr Andrew Taylor tells Engineering News Online that the... 

Cape biogas power plant breaches 1.5 GWh milestone, but far more possible

Solar dryer in final testing stages

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 Nelspruit-based agricultural processing equipment manufacturer Dryers for Africa is in the final stages of testing its SD300 solar dryer at an environment control solutions company, in the Western Cape, says GM Catherine de Villiers-Burgers. 

V&A Waterfront begins R20m solar project  

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th August 2015 In an effort to reduce its demand on the energy grid in the Western Cape, the V&A Waterfront has begun a R20-million solar project that will include the installation of 7 000 m2 of solar panels on the roof of eight buildings across the property. 

V&A Waterfront begins  R20m solar project
V&A WATERFRONT The tourist attraction hopes to reduce its demand on the energy grid in the Western Cape with a R20-million solar project

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 brief

     4th August 2015 This eight-page brief is a synopsis of key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s constrained power system; State-owned power utility Eskom’s financial status and tariffs, capacity expansion programme, demand-side initiatives, energy... 

Creamer Media publishes Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 brief

Ghana gets multimillion-dollar injection for Sankofa gas project

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2015 A “record” $700-million in guarantees has been secured from the World Bank for Ghana’s Sankofa gas project to advance the West African nation’s energy transformation. The World Bank approved a $500-million International Development Association payment guarantee to support timely payments for gas... 

Ghana gets multimillion-dollar injection for Sankofa gas project

Successful independent renewable-energy projects boosting industry regionally

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has proven to be so successful in South Africa that the same model could be replicated across Africa, especially amid the current drive towards using cleaner sources of energy, says Sandton-based law... 

Successful independent renewable-energy projects boosting industry regionally
KIERAN WHYTE The renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme has proven to be a “hugely successful” South African business model

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