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Uganda signs agreement to protect small-scale renewable energy projects

By: African News Agency      27th July 2018 Uganda on Friday became the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables in a bid to ensure the viability of these renewable energy projects. This, as Uganda signed an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF), a joint initiative of the African Trade... 

Eskom secures R1.35bn loan from KfW to integrate Northern Cape renewables into the grid

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 State-owned Eskom has entered into a R1.35-billion loan facility with German development bank KfW to support further investments in Eskom's transmission network in the Northern Cape in order to integrate renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects. This funding will also allow for... 

Development finance may unlock Moz–Malawi interconnector

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th March 2018 The European Union (EU) and the German Development Bank (KfW) are to extend a E20-million grant to Malawi to partially finance the $127-million Mozambique–Malawi electricity interconnector project. Malawi is keen to fast-track the project so that it can start importing electricity from... 

AfDB boosts ALBC Fund books with R140m loan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2018 To further enhance the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCB Fund) portfolio and promote the development of domestic capital markets across the continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a loan of R140-million. The senior loan, with a seven-year tenor including a two-year grace... 

Gulf of Suez wind farm project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The project entails the construction of a 200 MW wind farm. 

DEA to roll out second phase of NMT programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2016 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has secured a €5-million grant from the German development bank KfW to finance a five-year second phase of its nonmotorised transport (NMT) programme. This formed part of the German–South African binational Financial Cooperation agreement. 

Synthetic fuel produced from air, water and green electrical energy

23rd October 2015 Dresden, Germany-based cleantech company Sunfire in April started producing synthetic diesel – which does not contain any sulphur or fossil oil – from air, water and green electrical energy at its power-to-liquids (PTL) demonstration rig in Dresden. The rig uses Sunfire’s PTL technology to... 

Reflections on recent IPP industry developments

By: Sisa Njikelana     19th June 2015 Recent and current developments compels one to cite achievements and challenges in the midst of the current power crisis. Embedded generation is becoming a reality for businesses and households, thanks to the initiative by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to introduce the... 

Nordlink interconnector project, Germany and Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     1st May 2015 The project will connect the Norwegian and German electricity markets to exchange green energy. 

EIB to provide R1.1bn in funding for Northern Cape CSP project

By: Leandi Kolver     7th August 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom and long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank (EIB), have signed a new R1.1-billion, or €75-million, finance contract to support a 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant, to be established near Upington, in the Northern Cape. The CSP project... 

Noor solar complex, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     29th November 2013 The Noor solar complex is set to develop into a 500 MW solar park, incorporating several utility-scale solar power plants using various solar technologies. 

Infrastructure funding fair to unlock R6bn for KZN projects

By: Shirley le Guern     9th October 2013 Sixty infrastructure projects in KwaZulu-Natal, worth a collective R6-billion, will be put to both national and international funders at an Infrastructure Funding Fair to be held in Pietermaritzburg on October 24. Launching the initiative, in Durban, this week, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury... 

South Africa’s energy-saving initiatives gain momentum 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2013 While South Africa has made great strides in developing energy efficiency projects to mitigate dwindling electricity reserves, more needs to be done to encourage and support firms to undertake the transition from “business as usual” to becoming energy-conscience businesses. This view emerged... 

Eskom’s power-tower project moving steadily towards implementation

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2013 The basic design work for Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) demonstration project, earmarked for development in the Northern Cape town of Upington, is nearing completion and the prequalification of potential contractors should begin within months. Proposed is the development of a... 

Tender for Eskom’s big solar project expected later this year 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2013 The basic design work for Eskom’s 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) demonstration project, earmarked for development in the Northern Cape town of Upington, is nearing completion and the prequalification of potential contractors should begin within months. Proposed is the development of a... 

KES submits proposal to continue KZN solar electrification project  

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     4th October 2012 KwaZulu Energy Services, a subsidiary of French power utility EDF, has submitted a proposal to the Department of Energy to continue the installation of solar home systems in its rural electrification project in central KwaZulu-Natal. 

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