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Opinion: Eskom supports renewables, but flags cost-recovery uncertainty as a worry

     27th February 2017 Eskom has noted with concern various misleading reports in the media regarding the signing and execution of budget quotations and power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) participating in the Department of Energy’s procurement programmes. In 2012, Eskom established the... 

New Affordable Interface Flooring Range Now Available Locally From KBAC

     27th February 2017 KBAC Flooring, sole South African distributor of the world’s leading modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has locally launched the new Interface Employ Loop and Lines ranges which have been hailed overseas for their unlimited creative design options in commercial installations.  Lesley... 

Zuwa Solar to develop a 80 -120 MW Solar PV farm on the Bwana Mkubwa tailings dams

     24th February 2017 Zuwa Solar Limited, a Zambian registered solar PV Development company proposes to construct an 80 – 120 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on approximately 150 ha of land on the surface of old copper ore tailings dams that are derived from copper mines operated by First Quantum Mining and... 

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

Continued support for renewables IPPs an economic boost – Sarec 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the confirmation by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that the continuation of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme was imperative, given the need to boost investment in the short term. In a statement following... 

Nuclear deal – The calm before the storm? 

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 National Treasury’s 2017 Budget Review and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s speech kept a wide berth from mentioning nuclear energy, following President Jacob Zuma’s cue in his 2017 State of the Nation Address.As anti-nuclear energy protesters chanted "no, no nuclear power" outside Parliament on... 

IPP programme identified as imperative for boosting investment

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom’s delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) whose bids were approved by the Department of Energy could result in manufacturers going out of business, National Treasury warned in its 2017 Budget Review. “Lack of clarity on Eskom’s... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more  

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Eskom and Transnet need to borrow billions more than anticipated in 2016, National Treasury revealed in its 2017 Budget Review on Wednesday. Even as Eskom’s financial performance improved in 2015/16 as a result of a 12.7% tariff hike and a revenue increase by R10.5-billion to R161-billion, it... 

Bacanora buys 50% stake in German lithium project

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2017 Aim- and TSX-V-listed Bacanora will acquire a 50% stake in the Zinnwald lithium project, in Germany, from European solar panel producer SolarWorld for €5-million, plus an undertaking to invest a further €5-million on a feasibility study (FS). The FS is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. 

Germany shares its renewable-energy lessons

By: Kim Cloete     21st February 2017 Germany is on an all-out campaign to decarbonise its energy system, with plans to slice carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80% to 90% by 2050. It has identified hydrogen as an essential part of decarbonising its energy system. 

EOH, Steag join forces to boost energy services in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH Industrial Technologies on Tuesday entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with German energy group Steag Energy Services broaden EOH’s services offering in South Africa. The JV will cover all aspects of power project developments, from inception... 

New panel established to guide Gauteng on infrastructure projects 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th February 2017 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) has established an economic advisory panel to advise it on the roll-out of social and economic infrastructure projects planned for the next two years. GPG aims to leverage the various infrastructure projects planned for the next two years to promote the... 

Solar-powered Africa 'never more possible and less expensive' – energy chief

By: Reuters     20th February 2017 A “solar revolution” is coming to Africa, comparable in scale and importance to the rapid surge in mobile phone use on the continent two decades ago, predicts the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Fast-dropping costs for solar power, combined with plenty of sun and a huge need... 

African Utility Week Industry Awards include new gas, small scale and ICT categories to reflect evolution of energy and water sectors

     20th February 2017 Nominations are open for top industry professionals and projects   “I know the energy revolution is powering up and ready to take off. We should embrace energy trade with each other”.  With these words Mr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the... 

Sarec says Eskom dragging its feet in honouring Zuma’s renewables ‘injunction’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) claims that Eskom has yet to issue any updated budget quotes for projects that President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address (Sona) would proceed, following a protracted impasse that arose as a result of the State-owned utility’s... 

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Mubuga solar photovoltaic power plant project, Burundi

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The project aims to increase the installed capacity of Burundi by an estimated 14%. 

PMSA

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th February 2017 Being a supplier of concrete equipment in Africa for over forty years, PMSA provides wet batching plant solutions for customers in the Civil sector for renewable energy such as wind and solar plants, conventional power stations, dam construction, roads and bridges, in the Building contractor... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Watching brief

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The closure and possible liquidation of an Eastern Cape wind-tower manufacturing facility only four years after it opened raises serious questions about whether business can truly rely on government policy as a basis for making investment decisions. Operations at the plant have been suspended... 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2017 The head of ABB South Africa is hopeful that renewable-energy-related orders, which all but dried up in 2016 as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign new power purchase agreements, will resume in light of President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that the State-owned utility will sign all outstanding... 

South Africa to learn from Germany’s experience in roll-out of fuel cell buses

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the German government will host a fuel cell bus workshop at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre, in Bellville, Cape Town, next week. The workshop will be held under the theme ‘Fuel Cell Bus – Unleashing Industrial... 

South Africa to be ‘resolute’ in using tariffs to protect domestic industry 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2017 South Africa will be “resolute” in using tariffs to defend domestic industry and support industrial development, particularly in light of moves towards greater protectionism in other countries, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in his contribution to the State of the Nation debate on... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     15th February 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Spotlight on Omron PID solution at The Solar Show Africa 2017

     15th February 2017 An industry-leading solution to the problem of Potential Induced Degradation (PID), which can slash the output of a solar-power plant by as much as 70%, will take centre stage at The Solar Show Africa 2017 from 28 to 29 March at the Sandton Convention Centre. This leading exhibition and... 

Revised IRP to go back to Cabinet by early spring – energy department

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 The Integrated Resource Plan should be finalised by August or September, depending on Cabinet’s reception of the energy blueprint, the director-general of the department of energy said on Tuesday. “It will not be before June this year, but it might be by July, August. But then if Cabinet says go... 

Renewables sector welcomes Presidency’s support of renewables

By: Anine Kilian     10th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the Presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). During his State of the Nation address on Thursday night, President Jacob Zuma announced that State-owned... 

Involve private capital and skills in municipal electricity

     10th February 2017 It is time to involve private capital and skills in municipal electricity. Every year, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports noncompliance with licensing conditions by municipal electricity distributors, whose rate of asset replacement is inadequate.  If the lights went... 

Northern Cape youths receive financial aid for tertiary education

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 Twenty-six youths from the Emthanjeni municipality, in the Northern Cape, were awarded full tertiary bursaries last month by solar energy project developer Solar Capital and its subsidiary Solar Capital De Aar 3. These bursaries were among the 80 distributed at the well-attended Ministerial... 

San Vicente energy storage project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The project proposes meeting the future energy needs of the San Diego region through a new pumped-storage opportunity at the San Vicente reservoir site. 

Choking China backs race to mine greener iron-ore for top mills

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2017 Chinese engineers who carved a railway through the Tibetan plateau and built the world’s longest sea-bridge across Hangzhou Bay have a new challenge: developing a $3.4-billion project on Australia’s remote Eyre Peninsula to meet increased demand for cleaner iron ore. China Railway Group Ltd., the... 

Murray & Roberts Infrastructure Lti Free Hours Milestone Stands At 1.3 Million Hours On Wind Farm Projects

     8th February 2017 Murray & Roberts Infrastructure’s Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm projects passed the 1.3 million LFTI Free man hours mile stone in January 2017. This significant achievement followed on the project reaching one million LTI Free man hours in September last year. This is no easy feat... 

Hammond takes the lead in managing 287 MW renewable-energy portfolio

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th February 2017 Ryan Hammond has been appointed CEO of Cookhouse Windfarm, Umoya Energy Windfarm and REISA Solar PV, a renewable-energy portfolio totaling 287 MW.  He takes on the responsibility of managing the facilities’ operations, finance and community operations, with effect from February 1. 

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