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As South Africa prepares to resume renewables procurement, new global report points to rising popularity of auctions 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2020 As South Africa prepares to restart its electricity procurement programmes, following a five-year hiatus, the global popularity of competitive auctions as the preferred instrument for procuring renewable energy has again been highlighted in a newly released report. Published by the International... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 Africa can meet its major sustainable energy and development goals without becoming more energy intensive, as it has a unique opportunity to use renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency to meet its development needs and provide reliable and modern energy services. This is the... 

New energy paradigm can drive Africa’s development

Renewables bodies call for clear timelines after Ramaphosa commits to restarting IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2020 South Africa’s wind and solar industry bodies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment, made in his 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), to restarting the long-delayed Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). However, they have also called on... 

Renewables bodies call for clear timelines after Ramaphosa commits to restarting IPP procurement
South African Wind Energy Association CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

South Africa poised to add 3.3 GW of wind power by 2024 – GWEC

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2020 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is forecasting that South Africa will emerge as the leading wind energy market in Africa and the Middle East over the coming five years, with installations of 3.3 GW by 2024. In a statement released this week, the council reported that only 894 MW of new wind... 

South Africa poised to add 3.3 GW of wind power by 2024 – GWEC

Google abandons plans to buy stake in Africa’s biggest wind park

By: Bloomberg     10th February 2020 Vestas Wind Systems is shopping for a new buyer for its 12.5% stake in Africa’s largest wind farm after Google dropped plans to purchase it following project delays. The Danish turbine manufacturer blamed the Alphabet unit’s decision to pull out on “delays relating primarily to the transmission... 

Thousands of jobs wait for next wind farm bid round, says association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2020 Thousands of jobs await a Ministerial determination to give the green light for the next round of wind farms to be built. South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says South Africa’s energy transition is poised to unlock economic growth and deliver thousands of much-needed jobs at a time... 

Govt urges coal sector to step up pace in rolling out clean technologies

By: Kim Cloete     30th January 2020 Government has assured the coal mining sector that coal will remain a vital part of South Africa’s energy mix, but has called on companies to step up the pace in adopting clean coal technologies. Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Thabo Mokoena told delegates attending... 

Govt urges coal sector to step up pace in rolling out clean technologies

Cosatu wants infrastructure funded by pensions

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2020 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), a key ruling party ally, is pushing senior members of government to consider its proposals to rescue the State’s indebted power utility before next month’s budget. In addition to suggestions it made in a November document that civil servants’... 

Engineers call for restarting of ‘successful’ IPP programme to address power crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2020 Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) president Sugen Pillay urged government on Wednesday to urgently restart its “successful” renewable-energy procurement programme to help address the country’s prevailing electricity crisis. Briefing the media in Johannesburg, Pillay said CESA was... 

Engineers call for restarting of ‘successful’ IPP programme to address power crisis

Wind and solar bodies urge Minister to urgently publish determinations needed to kick-start power procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2020 The heads of South Africa’s wind and solar industry bodies urged Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday to publish, without delay, the Ministerial determinations required to unlock the procurement of much-needed electricity capacity in line with the Integrated Resource... 

Wind and solar bodies urge Minister to urgently publish determinations needed to kick-start power procurement

De Ruyter says getting independents onto power grid will be costly

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2020 Andre de Ruyter, Eskom Holdings’ CEO, said that while he favours letting companies generate their own power there will be significant initial costs if they are to sell their excess generation into the South African grid. Frustrated by regular power cuts, mining and industrial companies have been... 

Wind sector calls for IRP 2019 to be implemented

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says the wind industry supports government’s plans to reconsider how energy is supplied in South Africa, so that the electricity generation system can evolve and adapt to fit the country’s rising energy demand. However, it asserts that the... 

Urgent decisions needed to address substantially worsening electricity outlook, CSIR warns

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2020 Several critical policy and regulatory decisions are required by the end of the first quarter of 2020 at the latest if South Africa has any hope of closing what the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is now forecasting will be a growing gap between electricity supply and demand... 

Urgent decisions needed to address substantially worsening electricity outlook, CSIR warns
Dr Jarrad Wright

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Setswana speaking children across South Africa are learning about the role that wind power is playing as the world transitions to renewable power for a cleaner, healthier planet through a beautifully illustrated story book, named Let the Wind Blow. The South African... 

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

Sawep seeking wind turbine suppliers for Eastern Cape minigrid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th January 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the South Africa National Energy Development Institute, through the South African Wind Energy Programme (Sawep), have invited proposals for work on a minigrid in the Raymond Mhlaba local municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape... 

Enel Green Power breaks wind, solar installation record

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2020 Renewable energy developer Enel Green Power (EGP) set a new record in 2019 by building about 3 029 MW of new renewables capacity globally. This new capacity was set to generate around 9.3 TWh/y, avoiding the emission of 5.85-million tons of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere, contributing... 

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

10th January 2020 In this opinion piece, first published in The Conversation, professors David Walwyn and Rod Crompton make the case for South Africa to pay greater research and development attention to the production of green hydrogen using a combination of wind and solar power and electrolysers. In addition,... 

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

Saudi Arabia launches third round of renewables procurement programme

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for round three of the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), which comprises four solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined generation... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Construction on several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) fourth bid window projects are well under way. The REIPPPP fourth window bids include 12 wind farms, 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, a biomass project, a mini-hydro project and a concentrated... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way
BLADE RUNNING About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October

Success of renewables programme continues

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Over the past eight years, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has attracted about R209.4-billion in committed private-sector investment, with the successful fourth window bids being valued at about R56-billion. South African companies, such as... 

Success of renewables programme continues
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY 27 preferred bidders signed agreements last year and their respective renewable energy projects are well underway

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed

13th December 2019 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional renewable energy development zones for wind and solar PV energy projects. The renewable energy development zones support the responsible implementation... 

Additional renewable energy development zones proposed
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ZONES The Phase 2 proposed zones support the responsible implementation of the Integrated Resource Plan 2019

Environmental studies essential to REIPP success

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 In most renewable-energy independent power producer (REIPP) project cases, environmental sensitivities can be successfully avoided if developers embrace advice given by environmental consultants during the environmental impact assessment (EIA) stage. This enables developers to better ensure that... 

Environmental  studies essential  to REIPP success
NOT WINGING IT Embracing the advice given by professional environmental consultants early on can lead to the avoidance of many environmental issues

CESA appoints new president

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) on Tuesday inaugurated its new president Sugen Pillay for the next two years. He succeeds Neresh Pather.  

CESA appoints new president
CESA president Sugen Pillay

SAWEA appoints three new board members

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2019 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new members – Mark Tanton, Dhesen Moodley and Toni Beukes – to its board of governance. The existing members are Tobias Niemz, Katherine Persson, CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli and Mercia Grimbeek.  

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th November 2019 Transmission and distribution services provider OptiPower Projects, which was recently acquired by Murray & Roberts (M&R), is progressing with its work on the Golden Valley Wind Farm, in the Eastern Cape. The 120 MW Golden Valley project is a BioTherm Energy development, comprising 48 2.5 MW... 

OptiPower making progress on EC wind farm project, welcomes benefits of M&R buyout

GRI geared to meet additional wind capacity demands

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 The South African Wind Energy Association says South Africa will need to produce about 640 wind turbines a year up to 2029 to meet the energy goals outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019. Fortunately, the capacity already exists in the country to produce 150 steel wind towers and... 

SA’s sun, wind resources enough to meet the country’s needs

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2019 Solar and wind resources can be used as bountiful energy sources for development, similar to how abundant coal resources in the late nineteenth- and throughout the twentieth- century powered industries and fuelled development, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners Solar CEO Manie de... 

Science, innovation investment crucial to Africa’s development

By: Mamaili Mamaila     7th November 2019 Africa still does not realise the potential and opportunity that science and innovation hold for its development and the time has come for the continent to be serious about investing more in research, development and innovation, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said... 

Science, innovation investment crucial to Africa’s development
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor

Enel Green Power starts construction on Karusa, Soetwater wind farms

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2019 Natural gas distribution company Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power, has started construction on its Karusa and Soetwater wind farms, in the Northern Cape. The plants, each with an installed capacity of 140 MW, are expected to be completed by the end of 2021 at a cost... 

Investors turn defensive as Eskom’s day of reckoning approaches

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2019 Investors are prepared for the worst as the day of reckoning looms for Eskom Holdings, the State-owned power utility seen by Goldman Sachs Group as the biggest threat to the country’s economy. Yields on benchmark South African government notes are at their highest in three weeks, trumped only by... 

IRP renewable allocation a promising sign for cheaper power - SAWEA 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 The long-awaited, Cabinet-approved 2019 Integrated Resource Plan shows that South Africa is transitioning to a cleaner energy future, the South African Wind Energy Association said on Friday, giving the government blueprint a thumbs-up. The organisation welcomed the 14.4 GW allocation for wind... 

IRP renewable allocation a promising sign for cheaper power - SAWEA
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

Wind power is key to avoid load-shedding, bolster growth – association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 As businesses and consumers had to ensure several days of growth-denting loadshedding this week, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has highlighted the importance of procuring new generation capacity. The association believes that in choosing the new capacity needed to replace... 

Wind power is key to avoid load-shedding, bolster growth – association
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Eyeing economic growth, South Africa seeks to renegotiate old renewables projects

By: Reuters     17th October 2019 South Africa has started discussions with power producers to try to get cheaper electricity from some older renewable energy projects and give the economy a boost, several participants in the talks say. But participant power firms - some of which are backed by big names such as EDF Renewables -... 

ENERTRAG South Africa scopes wind farm potential in eMalahleni  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2019 Hydrogen and renewable energy project developer ENERTRAG South Africa has started with the installation of a 120-m-tall wind measurement mast near Eskom’s Hendrina power station in Pullens Hope, Mpumalanga. A minimum of 12 months’ ground assessment of wind and general climate conditions, coupled... 

ENERTRAG South Africa scopes wind farm potential in eMalahleni
The team on an ENERTRAG site visit

Yearly procurement of 1.6 GW a ‘sweet spot’ for stimulating wind-turbine industrialisation  

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2019 A leading wind turbine original equipment manufacturer (OEM) believes that the local content in South African wind farms could rise to as high as 65% in the short term should the country demonstrate its commitment to a consistent yearly deployment of 1.6 GW. At present, local content on South... 

Yearly procurement of 1.6 GW a ‘sweet spot’ for stimulating wind-turbine industrialisation
Siemens Gamesa South Africa MD Janek Winand

Plans to speed up electrification in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     10th October 2019 Africa needs to connect around 73-million people to electricity every year to reach the goal of affordable and sustainable energy for every single African by 2030, says the African Union (AU) Commission. Atef Marzouk, head of the Energy Division of the AU Commission’s Department of Infrastructure... 

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