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Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 About 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms between January 12 and September this year. 

Construction under way at 7.5 MW Burundi solar park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Solar and social development enterprise Gigawatt Global on Wednesday broke ground on a 7.5 MW solar field that will boost Burundi’s electricity generation capacity. The $14-million project is being built in the Mubuga district, in one of the world's least-developed nations and is expected to be... 

Davos boosts platinum fuel cell outlook with hydrogen council launch

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2017 Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) offer the most natural solution for emission-free vehicles, discharging only water and requiring negligible change to current driving and refuelling habits, which is why 13 leading energy, transport and industry companies this week chose Davos... 

Sapvia welcomes Ramaphosa’s support of REIPPPP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th January 2017 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) on Wednesday welcomed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recognition of the success of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Ramaphosa was addressing delegates at the World Economic... 

IPPs ‘entitled’ to approach courts to force Eskom to sign PPAs 

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2017 A legal opinion secured by the South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) relating to the refusal by Eskom to conclude contracts with 37 independent power producers (IPPs) selected as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy (DoE) more than a year ago states that the IPPs “would be... 

Gordhan takes a stand for emerging markets at WEF

By: News24Wire      18th January 2017 Although the US as a super economic powerhouse impacts the rest of the world, emerging markets also matter to the global environment. This was the message from Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on the global stage at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Tuesday.Wearing a black suit, white... 

Energy Revolution Africa 2017 explores the future of renewable energy for the continent

     18th January 2017 Everything you want and need to know about renewable energy and the future of energy development and growth in Africa comes under the spotlight at Energy Revolution Africa 2017. This co-located event to African Utility Week will be hosted for the first time in Africa in Cape Town from 16 to 18... 

African Utility Week returns to Cape Town in May and showcases how community scale projects are the continent’s energy future

     18th January 2017 Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the... 

Gaia acquires 25% interest in Dorper wind farm

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2017 Infrastructure investment holding company Gaia Infrastructure Capital has transitioned its JSE-listing from special purpose acquisitions to the investment services sector after a R501-million acquisition of a 25.2% economic interest in Dorper wind farm. The acquisition became unconditional in... 

Renewable energy projects receive $44.5m boost from ADFD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to receive $44.5-million in funding. These projects include a 4.6 MW hybrid microgrid project in the... 

IPPs want solution for all 26 outstanding renewables projects, not only some 

By: Terence Creamer     13th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) indicated on Friday that, while it welcomed indications that Eskom was willing to reopen lines of communication on 26 outstanding renewables projects, it could only entertain a solution that remained faithful to the procurement process already... 

Kathu concentrated solar power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Sener is expected to continue providing the engineering, procurement and construction services for the project this year, in conjunction with its joint venture partner Acciona. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. 

Sarec slams Eskom for distorting facts in calculating renewables-related loss 

By: Terence Creamer     12th January 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has slammed as a “blatant distortion of facts” Eskom’s claim that the country suffered a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 as a result of the State-owned utility’s purchases of power from the country’s renewable-energy plants. It has also... 

CSIR responds to Eskom claim of R9bn renewables-related economic loss in 2016 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has responded to Eskom’s claim that buying power from the country’s renewable-energy plants resulted in a net economic loss of R9-billion in 2016 – a trend that could persist for the next five years, owing to the country’s surplus supply... 

Eskom expects net economic loss to South Africa from renewables for next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2017 Amid growing frustration around the pending amendments to the Integrated Resource Plan and the impact this will have on future renewable-energy projects in South Africa, State-owned power provider Eskom on Wednesday revealed that the economy has suffered a R9-billion net loss for 2016, owing to a... 

DoE extends comment period for energy plans to end of March 

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2017 The Department of Energy (DoE) has formally extended the period for public comment on the draft Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case until March 31. The closing date for written comment was initially set as February 15, after the two plans were... 

WEG announces acquisition of a controlling stake on TGM, a Brazilian manufacturer of turbines and transmissions

     9th January 2017 WEG S.A. announced the acquisition of a controlling stake on TGM Indústria e Comércio de Turbinas e Transmissões Ltda. (“TGM”), a Brazilian manufacturer of turbines and transmissions with headquarters in Sertãozinho, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Founded in 1991, TGM is a leading Brazilian provider... 

India persists with setting higher coal production targets despite offtake slowdown

By: Ajoy K Das     9th January 2017 Despite falling offtake and missed targets, India’s Coal Ministry is likely to persist with setting higher production targets for Coal India Limited (CIL) for 2017/18. Indications from key Ministry officials point towards a production target of 660-million tons a year during the next financial... 

Uganda solar PV project on track

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Multinational independent power producer Building Energy on Wednesday said it could proceed with the construction of the 10 MW Tororo solar photovoltaic project ins Uganda, as it reached financial close with Dutch development bank FMO for $14.7-million. The project’s shareholders will attribute... 

Eskom’s delay in approving PPAs could cost country 15 000 jobs – Sarec 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African economy is in jeopardy of losing 15 000 possible jobs, associated with 26 Department of Energy- (DoE-) approved renewable energy plants, if State-owned power utility Eskom does not follow through with its legal obligations to finalise power purchasing agreements (PPAs) with the... 

Brown says updated electricity plan should guide capacity additions

By: Terence Creamer     16th December 2016 Public Enterprises Lynne Brown says that South Africa is currently adding electricity capacity to the grid at rate higher than what is required and argues that the “current trajectory” could be detrimental to consumers. She asserts, therefore, that it is “critical that the Integrated Resource... 

Construction to continue at Kathu

By: Victor Moolman     16th December 2016 Next year, global engineering and technology company Sener will continue to provide the engineering, procurement and construction services for the 100 MW Kathu concentrated solar power (CSP) project in South Africa’s Northern Cape, in conjunction with its joint venture partner, Acciona. 

Northern Cape wind farms receive main transformers

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 The Northern Cape-based Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms announced last month that they had received their main transformer, which were transported by road from Johannesburg. The 160 MVA transformers are to be housed in substations, from where all the generated power from the wind farms will... 

Outlook for renewable-energy IPPs in sub-Saharan Africa

     16th December 2016 South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) has been successful in contracting over 6 000 MW of additional generation capacity in four rounds since 2011. Given the need for additional generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa generally, as well as... 

Wind farm completed in Eastern Cape

     16th December 2016 The Nojoli wind farm, in the Eastern Cape, has been completed and connected to the grid by multinational renewable-energy corporation Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA).  

Solar PV industry criticises DoE for IRP base case assumptions 

By: Kim Cloete     13th December 2016 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (Sapvia) has criticised the Department of Energy (DoE) for “grossly incorrect pricing assumptions” for solar PV in its updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) model. “The IRP is using numbers that are 40% higher than numbers available to them and... 

Platinum fuel-cell plant being built in Korea by Implats project supplier

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2016 The company that is building South Africa’s first multi-megawatt platinum-catalysed fuel-cell power plant in South Africa is simultaneously building an even larger fuel-cell power plant in Korea under a renewable energy classification. Doosan Fuel Cell America, which is laying on an eventual 20... 

Gordhan lashes Eskom in address to Numsa

By: African News Agency      13th December 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday criticised State-owned enterprises for obstructing government’s objectives through corruption, as he addressed the tenth conference of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa). “Not all boards are working for us…They must work for South Africa... 

Coal demand growth to stall as appetite wanes, according to IEA

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2016 As appetite for other energy sources gain momentum, with the fast growth of renewables and a strong focus on energy efficiency, growth in global coal demand is expected to stall over the next five years, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest ‘Medium-term Coal Market’ report shows.... 

Khobab wind farm completes foundations ahead of schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The Khobab wind farm, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. Khobab said in a note released Monday that the first foundation pour was finished on June 30, using low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete... 

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 With such a strong business case for energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy solutions provider Johnson Controls area GM Neil Cameron says South African companies do not have an excuse for not investing in greener buildings. 

Plan, but no man

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2016 South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago does little to hide his frustration about the lack of progress in pursuing the structural reforms required to improve South Africa’s growth prospects and deal with its serious unemployment problem. He argues that the National Development... 

Intercontinental hybrid air race raises awareness of unique technology, design

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2016 Earlier this week Canada-based hybrid airship manufacturer Solar Ship challenged US aerospace, defence and security technologies company Lockheed Martin to undertake an intercontinental friendly air race to raise international awareness about hybrid aircraft and renewable-energy technologies in... 

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’ 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2016 A call has been made for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case to be re-run in order to generate a “least-cost” outcome that is free from the “artificial constraints” imposed on renewable energy in the current draft. The base case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) on November... 

Coordinated planning approach ‘imperative’ to Australia’s energy future - AEMO

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th December 2016 The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has again highlighted the need for urgent policy reform to secure the nation’s energy future. In its latest National Gas Forecasting Report (NGFR), the AEMO warned of uncertainties and challenges, which will complicate gas demand forecasts for eastern... 

Power switched on at South Africa's first independent landfill gas generation scheme

     8th December 2016 South Africa's first independent landfill gas-to-power project has begun generation in Johannesburg - providing 3MW of renewable electricity, enough to supply more than 5,500 homes.   Project developer ENERGY Systems has started operation at Robinson Deep landfill site in Johannesburg. This is... 

Tesla arrives in South Africa, targets energy market first 

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2016 Tesla has finally arrived in South Africa, even if in a somewhat unexpected guise. With the availability of the US company’s electric cars apparently still some way off, South Africans do, however, now have access to its energy storage solutions. The stationary, rechargeable lithium-ion battery... 

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