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Delta Solar project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 The project involves the constrcution of a 50 MW solar plant in Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Agency’s 37.5 km2 Benban 1.8 GW photovoltaic solar park. 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Gestamp Solar Feed in Tariff photovoltaic project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 The project entails the construction of a 50 MW solar photovoltaic plant, in Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Agency’s Benban 1.8 GW PV solar park. 

Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd June 2016 The construction of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in South Africa has reached 50% completion at Emperors Palace, in Boksburg, Gauteng, with completion of the 1.045 MW rooftop plant set for August this year. Construction of the plant, which would be a grid-tied solar PV... 

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... 

SADC’s real state of power and the case for renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2016 By Greg Austin Agility, flexibility and new thinking are required to solve the power-stressed Southern African region’s energy crisis 

17 solar PV plants now commercially operational in the Northern Cape

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 The inauguration last month of renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital’s 90 MW De Aar 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, marked the seventeenth solar PV plant to start commercial operation in the province. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who attended the... 

Solar EPC company plans further projects in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     24th March 2016 Global solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Sterling and Wilson (S&W) has committed to executing 500 MW of photovoltaic (PV) power plants across Africa in the next three years. This follows the recent commissioning of a 90 MW solar PV plant on behalf of Solar Capital in... 

La Silla solar photovoltaic plant project, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     4th March 2016 La Silla will be the first utility-scale photovoltaic plant in the world to combine the use of smart and bifacial modules with conventional modules for side-by-side testing. 

First Solar technology to power Namibian solar park

By: Anine Kilian     29th February 2016 Swiss solar developer HopSol has selected photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer First Solar’s high-performance thin-film modules to power the Otjozondjupa Solar Park, in Namibia. The 5 MW facility, which was expected to be completed in June, would be Namibia’s largest grid-connected solar PV plant and... 

Ingeteam commissions the very first hybrid solar power and battery storage system in Brazil

     15th February 2016 Ingeteam began the year 2016 by commissioning the first hybrid plant in Brazil to be connected to the public grid, combining PV energy and battery storage. The power generated by the rooftop PV panels (90 kWp) is stored in a sodium battery bank (276 kWh) controlled by the Ingeteam battery... 

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch 

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The 558 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria is fully operational with initial testing completed in 2015. The project, which began construction in June last year, forms part of the CSIR’s aim to run its Pretoria... 

Gauteng shopping centre boasts largest rooftop PV installation in Africa   

By: Anine Kilian     15th January 2016 Development company Hyprop’s regional shopping center Clearwater mall, in Johannesburg, Gauteng, tripled the generation output of its solar photovoltaic (PV) plant by adding an additional 1000 kWp to the system last month. The mall currently has the largest rooftop PV system in Africa. Hyprop... 

ABB head office integrated solar-diesel microgrid project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th October 2015 The project involves the installation of an integrated solar-diesel microgrid at ABB’s Longmeadow premises, in Johannesburg. 

Solar photovoltaic power plant for science council’s campus

By: Anine Kilian     18th September 2015 Construction is under way on a 558 kW capacity ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Pretoria campus. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the CSIR’s new single axis tracker solar PV facility... 

In solar for mines size does not always matter Reducing CAPEX with energy efficiency and load shifting

     4th September 2015 Mining companies are constantly gaining interest in solar solutions because frequently solar energy is more cost competitive than conventional energy solutions – above all in remote locations that are not grid connected. CRONIMET Mining Power Solutions GmbH has built a first solar-diesel-hybrid... 

ABB to install microgrid solution in South Africa integrating multiple energy sources

     3rd September 2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced today that it will install an integrated solar-diesel microgrid at its Longmeadow premises in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 96,000 square meter facility houses the company’s country headquarters as well as medium voltage... 

Building Energy and SES SMART Energy Solutions to install the first off-grid temporary hybrid plant in Saudi Arabia

     15th July 2015 Building Energy, Italian independent power producer from renewable sources, will team up with SES SMART Energy Solutions, a leading rental power provider in the MEA region, to develop the first on-field temporary hybrid plant, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The 14 MW diesel-solar plant,... 

The projects will reduce CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons and will create over 1,000 new jobs.

     8th July 2015 Building Energy signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the New and Renewable Energy Authority, Egypt for the development of two 50 MW PV plantsA Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Cairo between NREA, represent-ing the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and Building... 

Sishen solar photovoltaic power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th June 2015 Acciona’s Sishen solar photovoltaic plant has reached 100% capacity. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

     27th February 2015 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

Madhya Pradesh solar photovoltaic plant project, India

By: Sheila Barradas     13th February 2015 The solar project is the first greenfield plant commissioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Phase II. 

ACSA invests in solar energy for regional airports 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2015 Airports Company South Arica (ACSA) has called on interested parties to bid for the design of two 500 KWp photovoltaic (PV) solar plants, for installation at its Upington International and its Kimberley airports respectively. ACSA regional airports GM Yvette Schoeman told Engineering News Online... 

Sishen solar photovoltaic power project, South Africa

     30th January 2015 The Sishen solar photovoltaic plant was officially connected to the national grid in December 2014. 

Sishen solar photovoltaic plant connects to national grid

By: Sashnee Moodley     23rd January 2015 The 216-GWh-producing Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Northern Cape has officially connected to the national grid and will have the highest level of electricity output of all the operational solar PV plants in Africa, said Spanish stakeholder Acciona Energía, last month.  

‘Africa’s highest producing’ solar plant connects to national grid 

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th December 2014 The 216-GWh-producing Sishen solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Northern Cape has officially connected to the national grid and will have the highest level of electricity output of all the operational solar PV plants in Africa, says Spanish stakeholder Acciona Energía.  

Lending criteria for solar PV projects not inflexible, says consultancy

By: Natalie Greve     24th October 2014 Cash-hungry solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in sub-Saharan Africa are largely assessed by lenders on a case-by-case technical basis and, while some standard technical and nontechnical aspects would be required to reach financial close, these are not entirely inflexible, Mott MacDonald business... 

Kuni-Umi solar photovoltaic power plant project, Japan

By: Sheila Barradas     17th October 2014 The project involves the construction of Japan’s largest solar PV plant. 

Solar photovoltaic power plant project, India

By: Sheila Barradas     10th October 2014 The project proposes to establish a 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant in the villages of Nandiya and Gardhani, in Baori Tehsil, in the state of Rajasthan. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

     3rd October 2014 An update on the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Arabia One solar photovoltaic power project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     8th August 2014 The project involves the construction of a 10 MW solar photovoltaic plant.  

Scatec Solar photovoltaic projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th July 2014 Commercial operations have started at Scatec’s Linde solar PV project, in the Northern Cape. 

Luz del Norte solar photovoltaic plant project, Chile

     11th July 2014 First Solar has received board approval for financing to support construction of the Luz del Norte solar power plant. 

40 MW solar-tracking PV plant begins producing in N Cape 

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2014 Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar’s 40 MW Linde solar photovoltaic (PV) project, located near Hanover in South Africa’s Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology. The project is the Norwegian group’s second utility-scale solar PV plant completed under the... 

Luz del Norte solar photovoltaic plant project, Chile

By: Sheila Barradas     13th June 2014 The project involves the installation of a 141 MW alternating current solar photovoltaic plant in the Atacama desert, in the province of Copiapó. 

SA moves on solar atlas as project momentum builds 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2014 A South African solar energy atlas is in the process of being developed to further stimulate the deployment of both solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technology solutions in the sun-rich country. Science and Technology Deputy Minister Michael Masutha reported this week that the South... 

Renewable energy shown to rein in energy costs at off-grid mines in SA

By: Henry Lazenby     9th May 2014 A study recently published by the Sir Richard Branson-founded Carbon War Room had found that by implementing renewable energy generation solutions into mining and big-industry projects in South Africa, especially at those located off-grid, companies stand to rein in energy costs and hedge against... 

New Software Helps Plan and Customise Photovoltaic Plants

     30th April 2014 Valentin Software presents PV*SOL premium at Intersolar Europe for the first time ever Valentin Software GmbH, located in Berlin, will be presenting its new planning software PV*SOL premium at the world’s largest trade fair for the solar industry for the very first time. With a new intuitive user... 

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