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Swiss, French agencies establish €3m programme to help finance S African renewable-energy projects

     27th May 2016 The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) and Agence Française de Développement  (AFD) have agreed on a €3-million technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small-scale renewable-energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa. The finance would be provided... 

Repp, Opic team up for renewable-energy project development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 The Renewable Energy Performance Platform (Repp) and the US development finance institution Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) have inked a memorandum of understanding that supports the development of renewable-energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The parties would jointly identify... 

Cornubia Interchange to create significant benefits for businesses

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2016 The Cornubia link bridge and interchange, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2017, will provide businesses in the area unencumbered access to main arterial routes and a dedicated link into the heart of the uMhlanga new town centre. The multibillion-rand Cornubia human settlement... 

The impact of local content rules in renewables sector questioned

     20th May 2016 By Dr Chris Ettmayr and Professor Hendrik Lloyd Economies around the world are demanding more energy, but the nature of the demand is changing, with preference given to energy sources that have a reduced environmental impact. A dichotomy arises for governments that need to increase generation... 

Wind energy saved Eskom R300m, Sawea tells Molefe 

By: Anine Kilian     19th May 2016 The  South Africa Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is striking back at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who commented this week that renewables have “failed” the State power utility by not providing the necessary power to avoid load-shedding at the right time of day. In a statement released on Thursday,... 

New partnership to boost smart energy tech in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 South African consulting firm EON Consulting has joined forces with global advisory firm Analysys Mason and leading renewable-energy producer Iberdrola to boost the development and implementation of smart energy technologies and services in South Africa. “Transformation in the energy sector is... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Energy sector headed in a positive direction

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 With State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations contributing about 10 GW jointly at full operation, global consulting firm KPMG believes the Department of Energy is proactively working towards reaching the National Development Plan’s (NDP) 2030 goal of having about 17 GW... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 An update on the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Acciona Energy key player in job creation in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     6th May 2016 A survey conducted by EY show that Acciona Energy's activities in South Africa have contributed $295-million to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and created over 9 500 jobs. The goal of the survey, entitled ‘Acciona Energy in South Africa: A business strategy with social value’, was... 

Brics bank gives $811m in first round green energy loans

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2016 The New Development Bank, a multilateral lender formerly known as the Brics Development Bank, will provide $811-million in a first round of loans for clean energy projects in four nations. 

Economic status hinders nuclear developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     6th May 2016 The development of the proposed nuclear energy project in South Africa could become increasingly difficult to complete, should the economy be downgraded to junk status by credit rating companies. According to advisory firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott,... 

Innovators to showcase new water and electricity projects

     6th May 2016 Twenty small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and young innovators will be given the opportunity to showcase their new development or invention for the power and water industry at the innovation hub that will be taking place during the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from May 17... 

Lubricants to aid equipment life span

     6th May 2016 International oil and gas industries company and platinum sponsors at this year’s African Utility Week, Shell, will be focusing on the promotion of its commercial lubricant products at the event, which can aid in maintaining equipment used in renewable energy generation. 

Nuclear energy not a threat for renewables

     6th May 2016 Renewable energy producers who believe the new nuclear build programme could mean an end to business and the derailment of renewable energy targets can sleep easy, says Sandton-based corporate and commercial law firm Werkmans Attorneys director Happy Masondo. She notes that the derailment of... 

Room for improvement in energy transmission and distribution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 Despite South Africa’s achievements in its renewable energy programme to date, power transmission and distribution continue to warrant improvement if electricity supply is to be stable in the country, says professional services firm KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott.  

SADC’s real state of power and the case for renewable energy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2016 By Greg Austin Agility, flexibility and new thinking are required to solve the power-stressed Southern African region’s energy crisis 

SunEdison’s filing leaves the renewable-energy industry unfazed

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2016 Renewable energy companies distanced themselves from the collapse of SunEdison, saying the largest US bankruptcy this year won’t harm the industry. The world’s biggest developer of clean-energy projects sought protection from creditors after racking up $16.1-billion of liabilities following a... 

Renewables programme showcases benefits of public–private collaboration

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy, despite the current period of slow growth... 

Poweroad eyes market entry after Powertech Africa acquisition

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2016 Following its outright acquisition of Powertech subsidiary Powertech Africa, for an undisclosed amount, newly established Poweroad Africa was preparing to make its official debut into the electric power market in May. Absorbing the full staff complement, as well as the assets and contracts of... 

Alternators ensure electricity solutions for industry

     22nd April 2016 Electrical power generation, alternators and drive systems manufacturer Leroy Somer alternators, available in Southern Africa from power generator supplier Vert Energy, ensure dependable electricity production in diverse industries, including the telecommunications sector. According to Vert... 

Digester system makes sewage management cost effective

     22nd April 2016 The KomBio digester system reactor from tank and systems solutions provider LIPP, in the UK, is an economical solution for energy production at biogas plants and stabilisation of sewage sludge. 

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

Gas-to-power an industrial milestone for South Africa

     22nd April 2016 The South African government’s bold bid to procure energy from gas could position the country as an African gas leader. The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. This makes gas-to-power... 

Hulisani says it has R2.5bn project pipeline as it lists on JSE

By: David Oliveira     22nd April 2016 Newly established renewable energy special-purpose acquisition company (Spac) Hulisani listed on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), earlier this month, taking advantage of investor demand for energy assets in South Africa and Africa. Company CEO Mlungelo Zilimbola... 

SA defence company partners Saudi Arabian counterpart in new factory

By: Keith Campbell     22nd April 2016 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has helped set up a munitions manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in a venture with that country’s Military Industries Corporation (MIC), the Saudi Press Agency has reported. According to MIC head Mohammad Almadhi the establishment of... 

The case for gas as SA’s gas-to-power procurement programme looms

     22nd April 2016 By Sabine Dall’Omo The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. 

New Development Bank approves first batch of loans

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th April 2016 The New Development Bank’s (NDB’s) first set of loans, totalling $811-million, to be disbursed in tranches, was allocated to supporting the development of 2 370 MW of renewable-energy capacity across emerging economies. The NDB, which was formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa... 

Rules uncertainty curbing Cape Town’s embedded generation enthusiasm 

By: Kim Cloete     15th April 2016 Despite hurdles, Cape Town has surged ahead with alternative ways of procuring energy, with more businesses and households generating excess electricity and then feeding it back into the grid. The City of Cape Town was given permission to be a pilot site for embedded generation, with its first... 

17 solar PV plants now commercially operational in the Northern Cape

By: David Oliveira     15th April 2016 The inauguration last month of renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital’s 90 MW De Aar 3 solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in the Northern Cape, marked the seventeenth solar PV plant to start commercial operation in the province. Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who attended the... 

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th April 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria. “Growthpoint has passed the halfway... 

Innovative power generation projects share award

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 To encourage the innovation of a system that generates and transmits power independently, this year’s African Energy Awards, held in Sandton, Gauteng, last month, awarded the innovation prize to a urine-powered battery system and an Eternity power thermal harvesting project. Menlopark high... 

Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska photovoltaic solar plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th April 2016 The solar plant is on schedule, within budget and nearing completion. 

Rules uncertainty curbing Cape Town’s embedded generation enthusiasm

By: Kim Cloete     15th April 2016 Despite hurdles, Cape Town has surged ahead with alternative ways of procuring energy, with more businesses and households generating excess electricity and then feeding it back into the grid. The City of Cape Town was given permission to be a pilot site for embedded generation, with its first... 

JHB firm to expand lithium iron phosphate energy storage module production 

     13th April 2016 Having completed more than a 100 installations of its locally produced lithium iron phosphate Freedom Lite range of batteries across Southern Africa, Johannesburg-based energy solutions provider Freedom Won aims to enhance its production capacity amid growing demand. 

The case for gas as South Africa prepares way for gas-to-power procurement

     12th April 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) says development of South Africa’s gas industry could be anchored on the demand from its imminent gas-to-power programme. That makes Gas-to-Power a milestone not just for power generation, but also for South African industry to access a natural, cleaner and cheaper... 

Creamer Media publishes Energy Roundup for April 2016 research report

     11th April 2016 The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South Africa approved on March 1; the... 

Agility in Energy - Siemens at Africa Utility Week 2016

     8th April 2016 In view of the dramatically changing energy landscape, grid operators and utilities are faced with completely new technical and market challenges. Agility, the ability to approach business operations and resources in a highly flexible, responsive manner, increasingly becomes key to ensuring the... 

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