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Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Agreement cements venture to deliver 1 800 MW of wind energy in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 Diversified family owned German renewable energy development and operations company Enertrag has concluded an agreement with South African renewable energy company Genesis Eco-Energy Developments (GEED) for the development of up to 1 800 MW of wind energy capacity in South Africa. This is one of... 

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

SAPVIA launches ‘bold’ 5-point plan for solar industrialisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th December 2017 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a “bold” five-point plan for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, on Friday,... 

Caution creeps in as renewables industry digests implications of 77c/kWh tariff cap

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2017 South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind industry bodies have added a degree of caution to their initial positive reactions to an announcement by Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi regarding the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 26 renewable-energy projects that have been on... 

Event to advance renewable-energy models

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is crucial to business development on a continent where there are chronic energy shortages and access to modern, affordable energy services is critical to developmental objectives, says South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) chairperson Davin Chown. 

The Mozambique Mining, Oil and Gas and Energy 2016 event gains momentum

4th April 2016 Interest in the fifth bi-annual international strategic conference on Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas, and Energy sector (MMEC) is growing at a rapid rate.  

SA’s renewables delay a ‘concern’ as connection risks rise

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2014 Some concern has been expressed about recent delays to South Africa’s hitherto successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), under which 26 projects have already been connected to the grid following three bid windows during which more than 60 mostly solar... 

SA Solar Energy Industry Body appoints first CEO

3rd October 2014 Four years since its inception in 2010, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Associationannounces the appointment of its first Chief Executive Officer , Moeketsi Thobela.   The appointment became effective from 1 October 2014. Welcoming his appointment SAPVIA’s Chairperson for the third year... 

Solar energy industry body appoints first CEO  

3rd October 2014 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia), which was established in 2010, has appointed Moeketsi Thobela its first CEO, effective October 1. “I am pleased to welcome Mr Thobela as the CEO of Sapvia at this particular juncture in the growth and development of both the... 

Renewables delay a 'concern' as connection risks rise 

By: Terence Creamer     1st October 2014 Some concern has been expressed about recent delays to South Africa’s hitherto successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), under which 26 projects have already been connected to the grid following three bid windows during which more than 60 mostly solar... 

Renewables council to present united voice

By: Pimani Baloyi     27th June 2014 The newly launched South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) aims to consolidate the voices of the renewable-energy sector and represent them to government and other stakeholders as the country’s renewable-energy sector experiences unprecedented growth, says the council. Sarec comprises the... 

ESkom Emergency Shows Urgent Need For Solar Pv

7th March 2014 The current Eskom emergency in which large users are asked to cut demand and consumers suffer from load shedding is “completely unacceptable” according to solar PV industry association SAPVIA chairperson Davin Chown. Conditions are absolutely ideal for solar PV power generation in South Africa,... 

Solar body urges DoE to allocate more capacity in light of competitive bids

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2013 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 also help to consolidate gains... 

Municipalities urged to fast-track incentives to control solar PV 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th November 2013 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, where rooftop output is... 

Solar body urges DoE to allocate more capacity in light of competitive bids

By: Terence Creamer     8th November 2013 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 also help to consolidate gains... 

60 MW Free State solar project secures R1.8bn from US development agency 

By: Terence Creamer     6th November 2013 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 province. The foreign-debt... 

Localisation will add to solar PV costs, but offers jobs and growth benefits  

By: Terence Creamer     13th August 2013 Stipulating higher levels of localisation in the roll-out of solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions in South Africa would increase unit costs by between 6% and 9.5%. However, higher levels of job creation, especially in the manufacturing sector, could offset this downside risk, a new study shows. In... 

Solar photovoltaic localisation study under way

By: Jonathan Ramayia     14th September 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry has, together with the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), commissioned a solar photovoltaic (PV) localisation study, which aims to gauge the readiness of the solar PV industry to respond to calls for... 

Wind energy body calls for a 25% renewable-energy target by 2025

By: Jade Davenport     28th May 2010 As stakeholder engagement on the Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP2, gets underway the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has delivered its decision-makers discussion document to the IRP consultation process with a call for the country to adopt a binding target of 25% of all power... 

Construction of R2,3bn Jeffreys Bay wind farm 
to start in 2011

By: Jade Davenport     30th October 2009 Construction of the first phase of a R2,3-billion 125MW wind farm in the vicinity of Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape is anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2011. 

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