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Power generation is evolving throughout the world, driven by emission issues, policy and transforming markets. An increased interest in generation alternatives, including renewable energy has developed and this brings new challenges around issues of deployment, technology, risk, price and integration. These challenges apply to small businesses with considerable electricity cost exposure; utilities struggling with changing portfolios or looking to reduce carbon emissions; or a business simply looking to source cleaner energy.


KACO new energy welcomes new UK North and Northern Ireland Area Sales Manager.

     1st July 2016 The German inverter specialist KACO new energy has promoted Carl Cook to new Area Sales Manager. He is responsible for the North of the UK and Northern Ireland Sales and Marketing Division with immediate effect. KACO new energy, one of the leading global PV inverter manufacturers, has appointed a... 

Sapvia, German solar association formalise PV cooperation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st July 2016 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) and German solar association Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar) have teamed up to support the development of the nascent rooftop photovoltaic (PV) market segment in South Africa. The agreement, formally signed in Munich, would... 

Al-Rajef wind farm project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The wind farm will feed electricity directly into the Ma'an grid. 

Fibre laser technology on the rise in steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Cutting solutions provider First Cut is supplying fibre laser cutting machines to South Africa, which are greatly improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of laser-cutting operations in various industries, including the steel industry, in a difficult economic climate 

Kathu concentrated solar power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The project will involve the construction of a 100 MW greenfield concentrated solar power facility, in the Northern Cape. 

Mining materials haulage system among receivers of enviro recognition

By: Ilan Solomons     1st July 2016 Conservation organisation World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) South Africa has announced the three winners of the 2016 South African Climate Solver Awards in recognition of innovations that reduce carbon emissions or boost access to clean energy. They are Heliolab, a “revolutionary” heliostat... 

Solar may grow sixfold by 2030

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2016 The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal-fired plants, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar plants using photovoltaic (PV) technology could... 

Wind project to inject more than R800m into local community – CEO

     30th June 2016 Call for pupils to become entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector to position SA globally A little more than a year after connecting to the national energy grid, one of South Africa’s first major wind farms has announced that it is injecting more than R800-million into community economic... 

Loeriesfontein wind farm turbine foundations completed on schedule

     29th June 2016 The Loeriesfontein wind farm has completed the foundations for the 61 wind turbines to be erected at the site. Situated in the Hantam municipality 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, the wind farm will have 61 99-m-high wind turbines erected on 3 453 ha of agricultural land. 

Renewable-energy costs rapidly decreasing – SolarReserve 

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2016 Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants with storage systems are expected to result in lower installation costs as global deployment accelerates. Proposed projects for future development were already seeing a 30% reduction in capital costs, utility-scale solar power project developer SolarReserve... 

Engineering exhibition on display at London museum

     24th June 2016 An exhibition showcasing the life, work and legacy of design, planning and engineering service provider Arup founder Ove Arup was unveiled early this month at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.  

Engineers faced with fast delivery challenge

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Consulting engineering and environmental consulting firm JG Afrika MD Paul Olivier reports that the consulting engineering industry is faced with an increased demand for fast project delivery from clients.  

Gas import tailwinds

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2016 In May, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson indicated that a request for proposals would be released during the current fiscal year for a floating storage and regasification unit and a gas-to-power programme, with an allocation of up to 3 126 MW. In other words, South Africa is preparing to... 

Microgrid technologies can help unlock electrification

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 Large scale centralised generation will increase with the development of grid solutions, which will include an increase in focus on microgrid and standalone home systems, as well as off-the-grid, distributed generation solutions, expects advisory firm PWC Power, Capital Projects, and... 

Paleisheuwel photovoltaic power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th June 2016 The project will prevent the emission of more than 140 000 t/y of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

ABB inaugurates microgrid in South Africa, boosting renewables and power reliability

     23rd June 2016 Zurich, Switzerland, June 8, 2016 – Innovative solar-diesel solution provides continuity of power supply for ABB’s premises in Johannesburg and helps reduce carbon emissions ABB today commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at its 96,000 square meter Longmeadow facility in... 

South Africa seen as attractive market amid surging global solar PV deployment

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2016 A new study assessing the future role of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the global electricity system suggests that the technology’s installed base could grow to between 1 760 GW and 2 500 GW by 2030 and identifies South Africa as among the most attractive markets for deployment. Solar PV capacity... 

ABB delivers largest multi-million rand high voltage gas insulated switchgear (GIS) board to new Sebenza intake substation near Kempton Park

     23rd June 2016 ABB South Africa has delivered its largest 132kV high voltage gas insulated switchgear board as part of a multi-million rand order to City Power's new Sebenza intake substation. The new 1000MVA 400 kV/275 kV/132 kV Sebenza intake substation near Kempton Park will strengthen City Power’s... 

$117.5m renewables deal to support 1 300 MW Africa roll-out

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2016 Participants in a $117.5-million equity funding deal, announced on Thursday, say the transaction will support African-focused Lekela Power meet its goal of constructing over 1 300 MW of wind and solar capacity across the continent by 2018, including four wind farms in South Africa. Lekela Power... 

Africa uniquely placed to develop a diverse and sustainable energy mix

     22nd June 2016 Africa is uniquely placed to build a sustainable, renewable energy matrix with immense potential, says Rentia van Tonder, Head: Power at Standard Bank.  “However, how quickly, efficiently and at what cost the continent builds this energy infrastructure will be influenced by sovereign wealth,... 

Presidency reports on progress with 9-point plan

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 The South African Government is making steady progress in the implementation of its Nine Point Plan to reignite growth and create jobs, the Presidency said on Monday. The plan, which forms part of of the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), was announced by President Jacob Zuma... 

East African Power Industry Convention announces platinum sponsorship by Lucy Electric

     20th June 2016 “This is a very exciting time for the electricity sector across East Africa and at Lucy Electric we hope to play a key part in helping to make this a reality” says Phil Dingle, Marketing Director, Lucy Electric, a global secondary distribution leader in the electricity sector and a platinum... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 Draft carbon offset regulations have been released by the National Treasury for public comment, with a submission deadline of July 29. Under the proposed rules, firms can reduce their carbon tax liability by between 5% and 10% of their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by investing in... 

South African problems pose difficulties for German companies

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 German companies aiming to enter the South African market in the near future will face several adversities, including visa regulations, a weakening currency and stringent regulations, says the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC). Germany, South Africa’s biggest... 

Xina Solar One parabolic trough plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th June 2016 Heat tracing specialist eltherm South Africa has been awarded the contract to design and install a heat tracing system for the Xina Solar One power plant. 

Sugar cane production declines by more than 16.3% y/y

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2016 As a result of the ongoing countrywide drought, South African cane production declined during the 2015/16 season by more than 16.3% to 14.81-million tons, following an 11.4% reduction recorded in the previous season. “The decrease will impact on the sustainability of the rural economy in both... 

Private equity seen as key to Africa’s infrastructure speed-up

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2016 Mobilising private equity to help fill Africa’s $31-billion infrastructure expenditure gap is key to the continent’s future, says Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers regional director Vuyo Ntoi. Ntoi, who addressed the Botswana Resource Sector Conference here, outlined the funding case for... 

ET Energy establishes South African subsidiary

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2016 Clean energy developer ET Energy has established a South African subsidiary ET Solutions South Africa, to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance services for large-scale solar power plants. “ET Energy's new subsidiary in South Africa demonstrates... 

Global demand for vanadium growing – Bushveld Minerals 

By: Anine Kilian     10th June 2016 Diversified Aim-listed miner Bushveld Minerals, which is acquiring a vanadium mine in South Africa, is optimistic that global demand for vanadium will continue growing. The company recently partnered with investment company Yellow Dragon to secure $5.2-million to complete the first phase of the... 

Eltherm SA Lands First Major Solar Plant Project

     10th June 2016 Eltherm South Africa has been awarded the contract for the heat tracing system design and installation for the Xina Solar One power plant near Pofadder in the Northern Cape. It is eltherm’s first major project since establishing its operations in South Africa a year ago. eltherm SA is a... 

BMW SA unveils purpose-built solar carport for electric vehicles

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

Collaboration on infrastructure projects can yield economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th June 2016 South Africa is facing demand for economic growth; it is therefore critical that government considers collaborating with the private sector in primary infrastructure megaprojects that will yield almost immediate gross domestic product growth, says professional services firm WSP∣Parsons... 

DeGrussa solar power plant project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 The DeGrussa solar plant has been successfully commissioned and has started providing electricity to the DeGrussa copper and gold mine. 

Draft regulations, if adopted, will boost biofuels investment

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Business intelligence provider Oxford Business Group (OBG) state that although solar and wind energy are the main focus for South Africa’s renewable-energy segment, Cabinet will discuss draft regulations on the biofuel industry later this year, thereby paving the way for the potential development... 

SANEDI signs agreement to extend technical assistance for Green Credit Line

     9th June 2016 SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) and the AFD (the French Development Agency) signed an agreement on the 26th of May 2016, to extend and implement the Technical Assistance Facility to the SUNREF 2 Green Credit Facility. The event was attended by the Ambassadors of both... 

Saudi power firm ACWA eyes S African projects despite currency concerns

By: Reuters     9th June 2016 Saudi-based ACWA Power expects to win further business in South Africa this year as the power plant developer rides out concerns about the country's currency to tap into its need for more electricity, the firm's chief executive told Reuters. South Africa's economy has been hit hard by a... 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th June 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation – the group’s first microgrid in South Africa – at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. The Longmeadow site hosts ABB’s head offices and logistics and manufacturing centre. 

IEA's five-year view sees gas demand slowing, more spot pricing

By: Reuters     8th June 2016 Oversupply and slowing global demand is likely to weigh on natural gas prices and force pricing model changes on pipeline suppliers such as Russia's Gazprom over the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday. In its medium-term market report, the West's energy... 

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