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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.


86 MW Prieska solar plant enters commercial operation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago The 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska solar photovoltaic (PV) project, in the Northern Cape, has officially started operating commercially, following 17 months of construction. The R1.3-billion project, which is located on a 125 ha site 50 km south-west of Prieska, comprises 275 000 PV modules,... 

Lumax Energy equips ABB headquarters with Renusol mounting solution for solar microgrid installation

     Updated 4 hours ago The South African wholesaler Lumax Energy has equipped the national headquarters of ABB, the global leader in power and automation technology, with a mounting solution for its 756 kWp solar microgrid installation. This is a world premiere for the innovative solution with fully grid-connected and... 

Green building buy-in now imperative for corporates, developers, urge analysts

     25th July 2016 As government chases legislation to enforce the implementation of green building principles, analysts advise that embracing sustainable development is crucial for all sectors of South Africa. Sustainable development specialists and property analysts have urged all South African businesses and... 

Nafcoc ‘alarmed’ by Eskom move against IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2016 The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) has added its voice to those questioning Eskom’s resistance to connecting new independent power producers (IPPs), saying it is “alarmed” by the State-owned electricity producer’s move. In a letter sent to Energy Minister... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

Africa’s brightest youth brainstorm solutions to socioeconomic challenges 

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 One hundred of Africa’s most innovative youth gathered at the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) 2016 summit, held in Johannesburg last month, to discuss and find innovative solutions for Africa’s socioeconomic challenges. “BYM is a nonprofit public-benefit organisation aimed at providing a platform for... 

Greenpeace International executive director visits Africa for the first time

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 Greenpeace International executive director Bunny McDiarmid visited the Greenpeace Africa office in Johannesburg, earlier this month, to show solidarity and gain further insight into the key issues. The visit was McDiarmid’s first to Africa since taking office in April. 

South Africa draws up plans for gas-generated power

By: Sebastian Whyle     22nd July 2016 In South Africa’s search for viable long-term gas import partners to meet demand in the power sector, Nigeria has been identified as a strong contender, owing to its large natural gas reserves, says professional services firm KPMG.  

Eskom letter sends shock waves through private power sector 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2016 News of Eskom’s letter to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson – seeking clarity on the approach the utility should take to contracting in future with independent power producers (IPPs) – sent shock waves through the private power community, which is only just starting to find its feet in a... 

Uranium is the dirty underbelly of nuclear – scientist

By: News24Wire      21st July 2016 Antinuclear sentiment tends to focus on nuclear waste or operational risks, but more focus should be on the “dirty underbelly” of uranium mining, according to a science adviser. “Whenever people get excited about nuclear power stations, they kind of forget where the actual uranium comes from,” Dr... 

Siemens upbeat about South Africa’s gas-to-power, renewables potential

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2016 Global engineering firm Siemens says it is committed to South Africa’s renewable-energy revolution and supports the country’s imminent procurement of gas-to-power infrastructure.  Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Power-Gen Africa conference in Sandton, Johannesburg,... 

How solar plants and animals match together

     21st July 2016 Sustainable development has been established since long as a priority goal of governments, businesses but also of private investors. As a recently published report of the International Renewable Energy Agency emphasises, solar energy will continue to contribute to this goal: From todays 2% share... 

Geothermal exploration for S Africa a possibility, funding a major challenge 

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2016 While geothermal energy is renewable and can be used for baseload supply, the major challenge surrounding this type of energy in South Africa is that geothermal exploration is expensive, which is why it has yet to be undertaken in the country, says Royal Haskoning energy consultant David Johnson.... 

Solar Panels For Large Commercial And Industrial Warehousing Facilities

     20th July 2016 South Africa's electricity is ranked as the 10th most expensive in the world, and with the National Energy Regulator (Nersa) having also approved a 9.4% hike for Eskom for 2016/17, we can expect to climb those rankings. NUS Consulting, a global energy management consulting firm, which researches... 

Financing and legal frameworks key for successful renewables projects in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2016 Less than 30% of renewable energy projects in Africa reach financial close, with the development process highlighted as the riskiest part of the development cycle, according to advisory firm Castalia Africa practice leader Patrick Longmire. “Renewable energy project development is expensive and... 

Group of 30-somethings making steady progress in building black-owned IPP 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2016 The Pele Energy Group (PEG), which is owned and managed by a group of 30-something black professionals, is making strides in its stated objective of evolving from an energy investor into a fully-fledged independent power producer (IPP) and, ultimately, a private utility company. Headquartered in... 

Nigeria Signs Landmark Agreement With Ipp Consortium To Address Power Deficit Through Commisioning Of 300mw Of Renewable Solar Power

     18th July 2016 On Thursday 14 July 2016 in London a consortium consisting of Nigus Greenergy [Nigeria] and Volt Renewables [South Africa] signed a landmark agreement with the Government of Nigeria for the development commissioning and operation on an IPP basis of 300MW of Solar PV Power Plants. The Power Plants... 

CSIR’s frightening attitude towards renewable energy 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th July 2016 Wikipedia says of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR): "[It] is South Africa's central and premier scientific research and development organisation. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 1945 and is situated on its own campus in the city of Pretoria.” About two years... 

Interbuild Africa 2016 targets small and medium-sized building contractors

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th July 2016 The 2016 Interbuild Africa, Africa’s largest building, building services and construction exhibition, will predominantly target the small and medium-sized building contractor companies, as this market remains fairly resilient, says event organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm has been poured. 

Noupoort Wind Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The Noupoort Wind Farm entered commercial operation on July 11. 

Creating Power for Sustainable Growth: POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     13th July 2016 SSA socio-economic development hinges on energy With massive power shortfalls across the continent, Africa must look to increased generation, alternative energy and better grid management for growth 

Sungrow and Samsung Officially Launch Energy Storage Partnership, Samsung-Sungrow SDI

     13th July 2016 Sungrow, the world’s largest PV inverter manufacturer, announces the official start of operations of Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co.,Ltd at a ceremony in Hefei, China. The $170 million joint venture between Sungrow and Samsung is able to provide complete Energy Storage System... 

Eskom, local universities sign Phase 2 of the EPPEI funding agreement

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2016 Eskom will next week sign Phase 2 of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) funding agreement, which will see the State power utility committing R155-million to execute and enhance eight interuniversity programmes in South Africa, integrating research efforts and creating synergy... 

Eskom commits to second phase funding of the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI)

     13th July 2016 Eskom will sign phase 2 of Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute funding agreement, in collaboration with the Universities of Cape Town, Witwatersrand, North-West, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal and Stellenbosch, in partnership with a further seven other universities. The signing ceremony will be held... 

Blue Tree Asset Management Takes The Leap Towards Its International Expansion

     12th July 2016 The firm, specialized in the comprehensive management of renewable assets, welcomes Enertis as a shareholder to drive growth forward.  It aims to manage 1,000 MW in three years and to enter the market in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Chile and France, as well as to consolidate... 

80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2016 The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, entered commercial operation on July 11, with all 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion facility commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid. Country programme manager Savva Antoniadis reports that Noupoort is also the first wind farm selected during... 

Expert solutions for lightning safety and lightning protection challenges

     11th July 2016 As we move into or towards the lightning season in many parts of the world, lightning safety and lightning protection moves to “front of mind”. Numerous recent events internationally, including many associated deaths and injuries, have also highlighted the safety risks associated with lightning.... 

Standard Bank keen to participate in South Africa’s gas-to-power programme

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2016 Leading South African financial institution Standard Bank has confirmed that it is keen to participate in the funding of South Africa’s gas-to-power (GTP) programme and that it is eagerly awaiting the release of the project information memorandum, outlining government’s preferred procurement... 

SA, India to deepen trade ties

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s current visit to South Africa has presented the opportunity for the two countries to enhance trade and investment relations, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. "We are looking to increase and diversify South African exports to India. We have identified new... 

Company supports impact of IPP projects in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Consulting, engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch will support the evolution of independent power producer (IPP) projects already under way in South Africa. 

Event costs deter local companies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 The lack of emphasis on local innovation seems to be reflected in the pricing scheme of the Power-Gen Africa event, which favours international currencies more than the local one, says solar solutions provider Microcare Solar Components marketing manager Gareth Burley. 

Event will catalyse power sector advancement

     8th July 2016 By bringing together over 2 000 stakeholders from across the power value chain – from generation through to end-users – Power-Gen Africa 2016 aims to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing that catalyses power sector advancement across the continent, says energy consultancy firm EON... 

Increased pan-African focus at Power-Gen

     8th July 2016 Power-Gen Africa 2016 has stepped up its pan-African focus with the aim of serving as the continent’s premier knowledge sharing and networking hub for the power generation and distribution sectors, says event organiser PennWell international conferences director Nigel Blackaby. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The Loeriesfontein wind farm has completed the foundations for the 61 wind turbines to be erected at the site. 

Metair says acquisition extends its reach into renewable energy

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2016 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has acquired 25% of Kenya-based Associated Battery Manufacturers East Africa (Abmeal), and its subsidiaries, at a price tag of $7.3-million. “This transaction ticked critical boxes for us as it... 

Greenpeace International executive director visits Africa for the first time 

By: David Oliveira     6th July 2016 Greenpeace International executive director Bunny McDiarmid visited the Greenpeace Africa office in Johannesburg, on Wednesday, to show solidarity and gain further insight into the key issues. The visit was McDiarmid’s first to Africa since taking office in April. 

First carbon-friendly pour for Khobab wind farm foundations

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has been poured, using a 89% cement-replacement formula that would reduce the wind farm’s carbon footprint to 90.7 kg/m3 of carbon dioxide (CO2). The formula for the emerging wind farm’s... 

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