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FOUR-TIME WINNER: Averda South Africa walked away with four category wins at the recent PMR business excellence awards.

4th October 2018 AVERDA SCOOPS FOUR BIG WINS AT PMR AWARDS A national survey on waste management companies in South Africa has awarded Averda South Africa with four category wins. 

Johan van den Berg

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 This week we feature Johan van den Berg, MD of Averda South Africa, an integrated waste management solutions provider   

Dismissive of 2037 nuclear timeline in IRP base case, Eskom to release RFP by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom indicated on Tuesday that it planned to move ahead with a controversial request for proposals (RFP) for nuclear before the end of 2016, despite the base case in a draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) update indicating that the first reactor would only be required... 

Sawea considers legal options to get Eskom to sign PPAs

By: Kim Cloete     2nd November 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is considering legal options in a bid to get Eskom CEO Brian Molefe to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for round four of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Sawea says 26 projects totalling... 

WindAc Africa to spark wind energy discussions

28th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) highlights that a unique opportunity is arising for the first time for academics and researchers to share knowledge on wind energy in Africa, in the form of the first academic conference – WindAc Africa –  on the subject to be held on the... 

Ahrlac production set to begin in 2017 

27th October 2016 South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced in September its plans to begin full scale manufacture of its Ahrlac fixed-wing aircraft at a 15 000 m2 purpose-built facility at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria. 

Independent Power Producers Take On Eskom Through National Energy Regulator

17th October 2016 The South African Wind Energy Association has lodged an official complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa over Eskom’s failure to comply with ministerial determinations. The complaint relates to Eskom’s public refusal to enter into power purchase agreements with Preferred... 

Vlakfontein landfill first to meet South Africa’s tough new hazardous-waste requirements

By: David Oliveira     14th October 2016 South African hazardous-waste landfill sites have a new best-practice champion in multinational waste-management company Averda’s R250-million Vlakfontein high-hazardous-class landfill site, in the Vaal Triangle. It is the first landfill site of its kind in South Africa to comply with the new... 

Vlakfontein landfill first to meet South Africa’s tough new hazardous-waste requirements

By: David Oliveira     14th October 2016 South African hazardous-waste landfill sites have a new best-practice champion in multinational waste-management company Averda’s R250-million Vlakfontein high-hazardous-class landfill site, in the Vaal Triangle. It is the first landfill site of its kind in South Africa to comply with the new... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

New academic conference to be held alongside Windaba

By: Anine Kilian     6th April 2016 An academic conference WindAc Africa will, for the first time, be held alongside the South African Wind Energy Association’s (Sawea’s) yearly Windaba conference in Cape Town. “Increasingly, we received high-quality presentation submissions for Windaba that would fit in an academic conference.... 

3 GW-plus in wind energy either producing, or under construction in S Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 Following recent confirmation by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) that South Africa had increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW in 2015, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has highlighted that more than 3 GW of wind capacity has already been allocated... 

City of Johannesburg infrastructure plan to tackle housing, services backlog

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st October 2015 The City of Johannesburg has appointed consulting firm Aurecon to create a consolidated infrastructure plan (CIP) aimed at clearing the city’s current infrastructure backlogs and to meet future growth needs. The CIP would enable the city to integrate and prioritise its infrastructure spending... 

All of SA’s turbine manufacturers are going for Gold at Windaba 2015

20th July 2015 Goldwind has signed as a gold sponsor for Windaba the wind industry’s leading conference – meaning that now most of the turbine manufacturers operating in South Africa have gone for gold. Enercon, Nordex, Vestas and Siemens have also taken up the premium sponsorship option. Windaba also welcomes... 

Wind energy no longer a minor player in SA 

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2015 Wind energy is around half of all renewable energy currently produced in South Africa. As we lurch from one day of load shedding to the next, the sector is showing no sign of losing speed, rather the opposite. SA Wind Energy Association CEO Johan van den Berg told News24 in an interview that 2011... 

South Africa’s wind fleet grows to 294 turbines, association targets 2 500 by 2020 

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2015 South Africa has increased its installed base of wind turbines from eight in 2012 to 294 currently, and the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is advocating that 2 500 turbines be installed by 2020 to lower the risk of load-shedding, increase private generation and diversify the... 

Fourth renewables bid announcement postponed, amid third-round closure delay 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2014 Fourth renewables bid announcement postponed amid third-round closure delay 

High-powered panel to discuss critical issues in SA electricity sector at Windaba

22nd October 2014 The electricity sector in South Africa has been the subject of intense debate in recent weeks, with the Eskom new-build projected to start delivering much needed power in 2015. Questions around where the country will find the electricity to support the ambitions in the National Development Plan... 

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... 

Maximising a full range of renewable technologies can tackle energy crisis

2nd October 2014 As Eskom continues to declare regular ‘emergencies’ and black outs persist, renewable energy has the potential to rescue the situation over the next five years – we just need to mix small and large scale technologies, says the South African Wind Energy Association. Our current electricity supply... 

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... 

Energy Minister and Head of Treasury’s PPP unit both confirmed to attend WINDaba

29th September 2014 Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Energy Minister and WINDaba patron and Karen Breytenbach, leader of the government’s Public Private Partnership Unit and figurehead of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme have both confirmed their attendance as speakers at Windaba 2014.... 

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... 

Small-scale IPP developers facing finance challenges 

By: Leandi Kolver     20th June 2014 Small-scale renewable-energy developers were facing significant challenges in funding their projects, with relatively high compliance costs related to bidding in the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) small-scale independent power producer (IPP) programme adding to the constraints. Of the 3 725 MW to... 

SA to have 400 wind turbines spinning by year-end 

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2014 Driving along the West Coast road not far from Cape Town, it is hard to miss the 37 turbines reaching into the sky at the Hopefield wind farm. It may seem an unusual sight in South Africa for now, but not for too long. There are likely to be 400 turbines spinning by the time we wave 2014 goodbye... 

SA to have 400 wind turbines spinning by year-end

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2014 Driving along the West Coast road not far from Cape Town, it’s hard not to miss the 37 turbines reaching into the sky at the Hopefield wind farm. It may seem an unusual sight in South Africa for now, but not for too long. There are likely to be 400 turbines spinning by the time we wave 2014... 

New umbrella body for renewables sector formally launched

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2014 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has been formally launched as the umbrella body and “single voice” for all renewable-energy associations in the country. The organisation comprises the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association, the South African Wind Energy Association... 

Wind energy gathering momentum, Hopefield farm fully operational

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2014 Wind energy is pushing ahead in South Africa, with five wind farms in full operation, another 15 currently under construction and a further seven approaching financial close. By the time they are all up and running, 1 983 MW could be generated by more than 700 turbines, with further development... 

Debating South Africa’s proposed new electricity blueprint 

By: Terence Creamer     31st January 2014 Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to surface on the 20-year electricity... 

Allocation downgrade a threat to wind-energy localisation goal 

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2014 The 8 400 MW allocation for wind energy in the existing Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is “a good lower target”, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) asserts, while cautioning that South Africa will fail to take full advantage of its wind resource, as well as the associate... 

From the role of nuclear to the position of gas, IRP debate heats up 

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2014 Much of the initial commentary on the draft update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has focused on the potential delay, downscaling or even abandonment of South Africa’s proposed new nuclear build programme. But more comprehensive responses are beginning to surface on the 20-year electricity... 

Denmark blows some power into SA’s wind industry 

By: Kim Cloete     26th September 2013 Denmark, which is working closely with South Africa on its wind energy programme, believes the African country can become the hub of wind power in Africa. South Africa's wind energy industry is rapidly gaining momentum, with numerous wind farms being developed and 250 turbines currently under... 

Global wind energy powers ahead  

By: Kim Cloete     25th September 2013 The global wind energy industry is looking very healthy, with wind-generated power growing faster than any other renewable-energy technology in 2012, climbing by 19% to 283 GW, delegates attending the WINDaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town have heard. The US pipped China to the post for... 

Financial closure on renewable projects needed to maintain investor confidence – SAWEA

By: Jean McKenzie     22nd October 2012 The second Windaba conference, organised jointly by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council, was being held in Cape Town this week at a time when many prospective independent power producers were awaiting news of the impending financial closure for... 

Calls for wind energy localisation road map

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2012 The South African wind energy industry had the potential to become more competitive and cost effective in the long term than coal-generated energy, said South Africa Wind Energy Association representative Johan van den Berg on Thursday. He said the current grid price of about 65c/kWh would... 

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