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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.


Opinion: Start electricity reform process now before another crisis 

     26th August 2016 South Africa has not had load shedding for nearly a year. This is a welcome development after years of power cuts that constrained economic growth. Electricity consumption has more or less flattened out, giving the national utility, Eskom, more space to catch up on maintenance and meet demand.... 

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. 

No rooftop, no problem as solar gardens begin to bud in the US

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 It’s like rooftop solar, without the rooftops. A growing number of consumers are buying into community solar farms that allow renters and apartment dwellers to access renewable energy produced on neighborhood plots that can be small enough to host a little league baseball game. Some are so modest... 

The ‘unbelievably’ low cost of solar PV electricity in South Africa

     26th August 2016 The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has seen South Africa leapfrog from renewable energy zero to hero in a few short years. This progress has contributed significantly to acceleration of growth in the commercial, industrial and residential spaces as... 

South Africa won’t change IPP course ‘midstream’ 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 Cabinet appears to have put paid to Eskom efforts to halt the country’s highly regarded independent power producer (IPP) programme, with Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe indicating on Monday that there was no intention to “change course midstream”.... 

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... 

Joemat-Pettersson to be quizzed on missing nuclear documents

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will be asked in Parliament next week to account for missing documents in a court case regarding the nuclear energy programme. That is according to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and shadow energy minister Gordon Mackay on Thursday, who sits on the energy... 

Anaergia takes over as manager of SA’s first commercial biogas plant

By: Irma Venter     19th August 2016  The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Australian energy firm rolls out home battery solution

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 A revolution in south Australia is wresting power from utility-owned grids and putting it inside batteries installed inside the homes of electricity consumers. Billed as the world’s biggest “virtual power plant”, AGL Energy is installing 1 000 batteries in and around Adelaide at a cost of about... 

Consulting firm warns of ‘vicious cycle of defection’ from Eskom, municipalities

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The rapid decline in renewables pricing, large-scale battery production and new technologies reducing the price of storage, which will make renewables feasible on a larger scale within 15 years is putting State-owned power utility Eskom at risk of losing electricity demand to the... 

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 The South African food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors require measurement technology that offers precision and reliability while complying with local hygiene regulations. There is, hence, greater demand for accuracy in measurement instrumentation in these sectors, says Germany-based... 

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. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Construction of the R3.5-billion Loeriesfontein wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has passed another milestone. 

Packaging manufacturer joins renewable-energy campaign

     19th August 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak has joined the RE100 renewable-energy campaign, committing to increase its use of renewable electricity from 20% today, to 100% across all global operations by 2030. The announcement was made at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum​... 

Research identifies barriers, suggests new approach to building black industrialists

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The South African economy requires a new approach to regulation, competition and industrial policy to open the economy for greater participation, particularly for black industrialists, according to research released last month by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development... 

Rising uptake of vanadium-based batteries bodes well for market as price turns a corner 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2016 A more than 40% increase in the price of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) since December lows is invigorating the industry, just as it is poised to see significant new demand for the steel-strengthening ingredient coming from the increasing adoption of vanadium-redox flow batteries (VRBs). The commodity... 

Cape Town on track to be the start-up capital of Africa, says Wesgro

By: Kim Cloete     18th August 2016 Cape Town is pushing beyond its tourist image with a drive to be seen as the start-up capital in Africa. “We’re incredibly excited about Cape Town becoming a destination for young people around the world. Cape Town has become Africa’s largest start-up scene,” Wesgro CEO Tim Harris told delegates... 

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

Tsitsikamma wind farm reaches commercial operation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 The 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, this week started commercial operation, marking the second wind farm by independent power producer Cennergi to achieve the milestone this year. Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between coal miner Exxaro Resources and India’s... 

IPP programme beneficial for South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2016 Given the environmental and economic benefits of South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programme, its continuation and growth will best serve South Africa’s energy needs, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners head of business development Andre Agenbag. Commenting on State-owned... 

Sparton scoops up group of inactive VRB manufacturing companies

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2016 Canadian firm Sparton Resources has bought a group of currently inactive vanadium-redox flow battery (VRB) manufacturers for $3.3-million, the company announced Tuesday. The Toronto-headquartered company said that its subsidiary VanSpar Mining (VMI) had on August 8 signed a share purchase... 

Stortemelk hydro project, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     12th August 2016 The plant has started operating commercially.  

Cairo Solar Farm project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     12th August 2016 The project is part of the first regulatory round of the Egypt's Feed-in Tariff programme, which aims to procure 4 300 MW of renewable-energy capacity. 

Eskom letter opens festering wounds

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2016 Revelations last month that Eskom is insisting on consultations with Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson before signing any further power purchase agreements with private generators has opened up all manner of wounds that have been quietly festering for the last number of years. Firstly, it... 

Hybrid power generation system wins energy award

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th August 2016 The Hybrid Power Generation System (HPGS) of national security alliance North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (Nato’s) Energy Security Center of Excellence has won one of the Energy Transition Trophies 2016. The awards, held in Paris, France, in June, covered such themes, as factories, energy,... 

Much-hyped flight just shows what solar energy will not do

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th August 2016 The solar-powered aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse 2 recently completed its mission of a round-the-world flight powered only by solar energy. This was an amazing achievement of physics. It was also a landmark achievement by the two pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.  The pilots have to... 

Power Up energy systems boost green development

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 With construction expected to begin in September, specialised procurement company Build Africa Corporation will supply its Power Up energy systems to 480 luxury-living housing units in the Acorn Creek complex in Somerset West, in the Western Cape. “This is the largest green residential... 

Reflections on technological change

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     12th August 2016 I believe that all technologies go through a cycle. Henry Ford once said: “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”. But even as we read quotes from famous motor vehicle manufacturers, it is obvious that the motor vehicle, as in 'car', is on its way to... 

Science centre a beacon of hope for many STEM-enthusiasts

     11th August 2016 Uitenhage-based Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre hosts National Science Week, intensifies drive to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in poorly resourced schools and communities. Science shows and exhibits on renewable energy, energy saving tips, as... 

Stortemelk Hydro adds 4.5 MW to local electricity grid 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th August 2016 Stortemelk Hydro, the third hydropower plant developed in South Africa by Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), started commercial operations on July 29. The 4.5 MW, R190-million project, which was awarded preferred bidder status under the second bid window of government’s Renewable Energy Independent... 

Bio2Watt appoints Anaergia to manage biogas plant, looks to expand

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2016 The day-to-day management of South Africa’s first commercial biogas plant have shifted to biogas expert Anaergia Africa, part of the Anaergia international group of companies, as from July. Anaergia Africa will manage the plant in a two-year contract. 

Toshiba and Djibouti's ODDEG Conclude Memorandum of Understanding on Geothermal Power Generation Business

     10th August 2016 Toshiba Corporatio has concluded a memorandum of understanding with Office Djiboutien de Développement de l'Energie Géothermique, the government organization responsible for developing Djibouti's geothermal power capabilities, that envisages a comprehensive collaboration in the geothermal power... 

Affordable solar schemes light way to energy for all in Zimbabwe

By: Reuters     8th August 2016 Innovative ways to pay for solar power systems could make clean energy affordable for many of Zimbabwe's 1.5-million households that lack electricity, campaigners say. Zimbabwe produces only around 60% of the electricity it needs when demand is highest, and relies on costly imports to make up... 

Solar-energy system installer shines with Band-It solution

     5th August 2016 Stainless steel band-and-buckle from Banding & Identification Solutions Africa has even found its way into the renewable energy sector, with solar-energy system installer Solareff of Roodepoort in Gauteng using Band-It for cable bundling on its projects. Solareff is a specialist South... 

Energy poverty unemployment and growth 

     5th August 2016 The recent discussion about energy and electricity is one of the most important debates South Africa can have.   One of the fundamental objective of South Africa is the necessity to address urgently inequality unemployment and poverty and this objective cannot be achieved by redistribution of... 

Amakhala Emoyeni wind energy facility, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2016 The project has achieved commercial operation. 

Benban 1 solar photovoltaic project, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 The project is being developed under Egypt’s first-round feed-in-tariff programme. 

Government regulations seen supporting further green building uptake

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and developers to embrace the reality of green building as government actively pursues legislation to enforce more sustainable construction. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)... 

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