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Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR 

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 The potential to produce electricity from wind turbines in South Africa is more widely spread than initially thought, a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has determined. The study conducted by the CSIR in collaboration with the South African Energy Development... 

Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR

Repp, Opic team up for renewable-energy project development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (Repp) and the US development finance institution Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) have inked a memorandum of understanding that supports the development of renewable-energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The parties would jointly identify... 

Repp, Opic team up for renewable-energy project development

Green car ferry going into operation mid-2017

     20th May 2016 German electronics and industrial conglomerate Siemens has been commissioned to provide a complete electro-technical solution for a car ferry for Finnish sea and lake transport provider FinFerries.  

Green car ferry going  into operation mid-2017
GREEN CAR FERRY The ferry car will be about 90 m long and 16 m wide with capacity for a maximum of 90 cars

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement

     20th May 2016 Wind gearbox service provider Moventas Gears UK has invested heavily in the UK wind service market with its offering of a multi-brand service portfolio suited to UK and Ireland’s most popular fleets. A substantial upgrade of Moventas’s original equipment manufacturer quality facility in... 

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement
WIND ENERGYMoventas Gears UK is the first gearbox service provider in the UK able to provide multi megawatt full load testing – an essential part of gearbox servicing

Makro Carnival going green 

     19th May 2016 Retail company Massmart recently installed a 572 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of its soon-to-be-launched Makro Carnival store, in Brakpan, Gauteng. 

Makro Carnival going green
Makro Carnival going green

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th May 2016 The construction of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in South Africa at Emperors Palace, in Boksburg, Gauteng, is 50% complete, with first power supply to Emperors Palace expected to start next week. Construction of the plant – a grid-tied solar PV system that would... 

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 South African consulting firm EON Consulting has joined forces with global advisory firm Analysys Mason and leading renewable-energy producer Iberdrola to boost the development and implementation of smart energy technologies and services in South Africa. “Transformation in the energy sector is... 

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom
Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”. During a recent update on... 

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism
Photo by Duane Daws
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

ACSA unveils Kimberley Airport solar power plant

By: Anine Kilian     13th May 2016 Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) on Friday launched a R13.5-million solar power plant at Kimberley Airport as part of ACSA’s broader plan to install solar farms at all six of its regional airports. Construction of the Kimberley Airport plant got under way in September last year and was... 

ACSA unveils Kimberley Airport solar power plant
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at the launch of the George Airport solar power plant in February

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort
Photo by Duane Daws
The 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant

Consulting firm calls for privatisation of power utility

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom needs to be operated more like a private-sector business by people who have knowledge of the energy sector, experience in bureaucratic processes, business acumen and political influence, says global growth consulting firm Frost and Sullivan. “Bringing politics... 

Consulting firm calls  for privatisation  of power utility
JOHAN MULLER Privatisation of power utility will allow Eskom to have more flexibility to focus on other arears of the power value chain

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Power grid might have reached secure state

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Despite negative publicity associated with load-shedding, tariff price hikes and the loss of senior management in the past couple of years, State-owned power utility Eskom might have reached a more secure state in 2016, consulting firm Frost & Sullivan asserts. Frost and Sullivan energy and... 

Power grid might have reached secure state
Photo by Duane
ESKOM REACHES STABLE GROUND Power utility to provide oversupply of power

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source
HYBRID SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC Renewable and cost efficient energy source

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2016 The world’s hunger for energy is insatiable and is expected to rise by about 48% between 2012 and 2040 – an increase of about 1.4% a year, as global economies grow and populations expand. The US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday published its updated projections of... 

Global energy consumption forecast to rise 48% by 2040 – EIA

DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) indicated on Wednesday that it would canvass the appetite of independent power producers (IPPs) to develop, finance, construct and operate three new Northern Cape solar parks, of between 400 MW and 700 MW in size, in partnership with State-owned companies (SoCs). In... 

DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

Limpopo receives R940m investment for renewable energy from US, Chinese companies

By: African News Agency      11th May 2016 American and Chinese companies are set to invest R940-million in Limpopo to pursue renewable energy and ethanol profits, government and investors have announced. The United States’ Bio-Processing Innovation and the Beijing Singling Technology Centre said on Tuesday that they had discovered a... 

New infrastructure project development approach needed to address African infrastructure gap

By: David Oliveira     10th May 2016 An alternative approach to infrastructure project development in Africa would be needed to address the significant infrastructure gap on the continent, International Finance Corporation (IFC) infrastructure and natural resources global director Sujoy Bose told delegates at the africainvestor (Ai)... 

Biogas industry could contribute to job creation in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2016 The South African biogas industry is in its infancy and its true potential has not yet been realised, South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) VP Eddie Cooke said at a conference held in association with the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Johannesburg, on... 

100 MW Kathu CSP plant to be operational in 2018 

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2016 Construction of the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, is expected to begin soon, following the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) by the ENGIE-led consortium and South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom. The... 

100 MW Kathu CSP plant to be operational in 2018
The signing of the Kathu CSP PPA

Acciona Energy key player in job creation in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 A survey conducted by EY show that Acciona Energy's activities in South Africa have contributed $295-million to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and created over 9 500 jobs. The goal of the survey, entitled ‘Acciona Energy in South Africa: A business strategy with social value’, was... 

Acciona Energy key player in job creation in South Africa

Brics bank gives $811m in first round green energy loans

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2016 The New Development Bank, a multilateral lender formerly known as the Brics Development Bank, will provide $811-million in a first round of loans for clean energy projects in four nations. 

Government support imperative for solar energy in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 One of the biggest challenges hindering large projects in the commercial and industrial sectors in South Africa is the lack of a legal framework enabling the production of alternate sources of energy, says photovoltaic module manufacturer SolarWorld Africa MD Gregor Kuepper. 

Government support imperative for solar  energy in South Africa
SUNMODULE BISUN Solar power generated through innovative technology is a valuable resource in South Africa

Lubricants to aid equipment life span

     6th May 2016 International oil and gas industries company and platinum sponsors at this year’s African Utility Week, Shell, will be focusing on the promotion of its commercial lubricant products at the event, which can aid in maintaining equipment used in renewable energy generation. 

Lubricants to  aid equipment  life span
Photo by Duane Daws
DECREASING MAINTENANCE COSTS Shell’s range of commercial lubricants can prolong the lifespan of various equipment, including wind farm turbines, used to generate renewable energy

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables

     6th May 2016 Renewable energy producers who believe the new nuclear build programme could mean an end to business and the derailment of renewable energy targets can sleep easy, says Sandton-based corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys director Happy Masondo. She notes that the derailment of... 

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables
Photo by Duane Daws
TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON As of 2015 a total of 6 300 MW of renewable energy has been procured to be generated from renewable energy sources

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 Owing to the current global economic climate, South Africa’s nuclear procurement deal has had several industry professionals questioning whether the country will be able to afford the projected R1-trillion project. “Currently, there is still a lot of market debate on whether South Africa can... 

Nuclear project affordability a concern for industry
COAL BASELOAD POWER In South Africa, the reality is that coal baseload is the most cost-effective power option as there is direct access to the raw materials

SunEdison’s filing leaves the renewable-energy industry unfazed

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2016 Renewable energy companies distanced themselves from the collapse of SunEdison, saying the largest US bankruptcy this year won’t harm the industry. The world’s biggest developer of clean-energy projects sought protection from creditors after racking up $16.1-billion of liabilities following a... 

Wärtsilä enters the solar energy business

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Complete life cycle solutions company Wärtsilä is entering the solar energy business by offering utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions.  

Wärtsilä enters the solar energy business
JORDAN POWER Wärtsilä's first solar project in Jordan combines an existing 250 MW engine power plant and a 46 MW solar photovoltaic plant

Enel’s 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel solar plant connected to the grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th May 2016 The South African unit Enel Green Power, itself a subsidiary of Italian energy group Enel, reports that its 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel photovoltaic (PV) power plant has been connected to the grid. Located in the Western Cape, the plant is Enel Green Power’s largest power plant currently in operation in... 

Enel’s 82.5 MW Paleisheuwel solar plant connected to the grid

Renewables programme showcases benefits of public–private collaboration

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy, despite the current period of slow growth... 

Solar PV system installed at 382 Jan Smuts avenue  

     26th April 2016 Initial results of a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at 382 Jan Smuts avenue are proving to be “exciting”, with 300 highly-efficient rooftop solar panels providing 26% of the three-storey building’s electricity requirements. The installation, managed by Spire Sustainable Solutions, was being... 

Solar PV system installed at 382 Jan Smuts avenue

Alternators ensure electricity solutions for industry

     22nd April 2016 Electrical power generation, alternators and drive systems manufacturer Leroy Somer alternators, available in Southern Africa from power generator supplier Vert Energy, ensure dependable electricity production in diverse industries, including the telecommunications sector. According to Vert... 

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