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Dec 03, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has called for public comment on an updated version of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2010-2030, in which a materially lower demand outlook is projected over the 20-year horizon. In fact, the update anticipates that 6 600 MW less...
Dec 02, 2013
Two executives of Germany-headquartered wind farm developers are heading to South Africa to seek development opportunities in the nation’s growing renewable-energy industry. PNE Wind chairperson Martin Billhardt and WKN and PNE supervisory board chairperson Dieter...
Dec 02, 2013
The African Infrastructure Investment Fund 2 (AIIF2) and the Norwegian investment fund for developing countries Norfund have achieved financial close of the $150-million 60.8 MW Kinangop greenfield wind project, in Nairobi, Kenya. Kinangop is the first independent...
Dec 02, 2013
The developer of the only landfill-gas project to have prevailed to date under South Africa’s competitive bidding process for large-scale renewable-energy projects is optimistic that further projects could now begin to emerge in urban areas across South Africa,...
Nov 29, 2013
Products from chemical solutions company Chryso Southern Africa Group are ideal for base foundation construction for wind turbines, as well as various other aspects of the country’s proposed extensive wind farm energy projects, says Chryso technical services GM Eddie...
Nov 29, 2013
The outlook of the wind energy sector in South Africa is positive, owing to the increasing number of wind farm projects being awarded through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), says University of Cape Town Graduate School...
Nov 29, 2013
DIPOLELO ELFORD, SIMON GRAAF DCD Group received the Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Local Content in Wind Energy award from South African Wind Energy Association
Internationally recognised manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group was presented with the Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Local Content in Wind Energy award by nonprofit wind industry representative, the South African Wind Energy Association...
Nov 29, 2013
Most of Africa’s installed electrical capacity is in South Africa, which is heavily reliant on coal for its electricity generation needs, says South Africa-based law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, noting that there has been little incentive for South Africa to invest in...
Nov 29, 2013
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Nov 27, 2013
The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday committed $113-million for the development of the 80 MW Rusumo Falls hydropower project. The project would increase renewable power generating capacity and access to electricity in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, which...
Nov 27, 2013
Futuregrowth Asset Management is investing R165-million in five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This brought the total number of REIPPPP projects in which...
Nov 27, 2013
The $700-million expansion of the Bumbuna Phase 2 hydroelectric power project has gained traction after five engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors were shortlisted for the project. The project, which is a public–private partnership between...
Nov 25, 2013
Group Five is already doing work at the Koeberg nuclear power station
The energy-related proportion of Group Five’s R14.7-billion order book as of the end of October has increased to 39%, or R5.7-billion, with power projects comprising R3.4-billion and oil and gas developments the R1.9-billion balance. CEO Mike Upton says power, oil...
Nov 22, 2013
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has postponed an announcement regarding the appointment of additional renewable-energy projects over-and-above the 17 that have already been identified following the third bid window under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer...
Nov 22, 2013
HERBERT PLANT The 22 MWp plant at Herbert and the 11 MWp plant at Greefspan, both in Douglas, in the Northern Cape, are expected to be complete in January next year
Electrical contractor Brand Engineering South Africa (SA) is diversifying and expanding into the electrical engineering industry by including renewable-energy projects in its portfolio, such as 14 projects as part of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) first Request...
Nov 21, 2013
Concentrated solar power (CSP) in conjunction with thermal storage could provide South Africa with grid stability during peak periods when electricity was most needed, enolcon MD Günter Schneider said on Thursday at the launch of the 2030 CSP Strategy Study for South...
Nov 20, 2013
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Inga site development and electricity access support project (Pasel) on Wednesday received a boost when the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) committed to finance nearly half of the $169-million hydropower project. AfDB...
Nov 20, 2013
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Connecting rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to the national grid and incentivising contributors could ease municipalities’ fears of a loss in revenue and challenges around unregulated connections of the carbon-friendly technology. The take-up of net metering,...
Nov 19, 2013
Independent power producer Endeavor Energy has entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) with international power developer Joule Africa for the development of the $700-million Bumbuna Phase 2 hydroelectric power project in Sierra Leone. The project, on which...
 
 
 
 
Nov 19, 2013
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The supply of electricity from the 50 MW Droogfontein solar project, in Kimberley, to the national grid is expected to start this week, as the commissioning of the plant gets under way. Once commissioning started, a small amount of electricity generated by the plant...
Nov 15, 2013
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The phenomenal development of South Africa’s renewable energy industry has gained momentum quietly since President Jacob Zuma's committment four years ago at the fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to ease...
Nov 15, 2013
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With renewable energy and resource shortages being a concern for South Africa, most of the country’s top construction projects for 2013 are centred around renewable-energy projects, which will assist in creating jobs in the construction industry.
Nov 15, 2013
Recognising the need to help mitigate the shortage of power in South Africa and taking advantage of the country’s fast-changing energy landscape, Germany-based green energy management solutions provider QTE Energy has expanded its service offering and opened a local...
Nov 13, 2013
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Independent project developer Scatec Solar formally launched a 75 MW solar farm, which forms part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), in the Kalkbult region of the Northern Cape on Tuesday....
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
Solar photovoltaic-powered school classrooms and healthcare centres are aimed at enabling electronic education and healthcare in remote and non-electrified areas of Africa, says electronics giant Samsung Africa president and CEO Sung Yong Hong. The classrooms use...
Nov 06, 2013
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Solar energy group SunEdison announced on Wednesday that it had secured R1.8-billion in development finance from the US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for its 60 MW Boshoff solar park project, being developed in South Africa’s Free State...
Nov 04, 2013
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In the next two decades, the world would exceed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change- (IPCC-) established carbon budget, limiting global warming to 2 °C by 2100, the latest PwC Low Carbon Economy Index revealed on Monday. Despite a rapid move to adopt...
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...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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