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France, Switzerland to finance small-scale green energy projects in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 An agreement to finance a technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa was signed on May 26 by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (Seco).  

Microgrid technologies can help unlock electrification

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th June 2016 Large scale centralised generation will increase with the development of grid solutions, which will include an increase in focus on microgrid and standalone home systems, as well as off-the-grid, distributed generation solutions, expects advisory firm PWC Power, Capital Projects, and... 

South Africa seen as attractive market amid surging global solar PV deployment

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2016 A new study assessing the future role of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the global electricity system suggests that the technology’s installed base could grow to between 1 760 GW and 2 500 GW by 2030 and identifies South Africa as among the most attractive markets for deployment. Solar PV capacity... 

Denham, GreenWish ink renewable-energy partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2016 Global energy-focused private equity firm Denham Capital and renewable-energy investment company GreenWish Partners have entered into a strategic partnership to develop, build and finance a 600 MW renewable-energy portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The partnership would unlock the... 

South Africa seeks comment on draft carbon-offset rules

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 Draft carbon offset regulations have been released by the National Treasury for public comment, with a submission deadline of July 29. Under the proposed rules, firms can reduce their carbon tax liability by between 5% and 10% of their total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by investing in... 

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

Aligning welding training with international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding industry association Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is working with government organisations, such as the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, to further develop its courses so that they are aligned with local... 

Cimarron Bend wind farm project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 Cimarron Bend will have a total installed capacity of 400 MW and will be Enel’s largest wind farm worldwide. 

DeGrussa solar power plant project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     10th June 2016 The DeGrussa solar plant has been successfully commissioned and has started providing electricity to the DeGrussa copper and gold mine. 

Draft regulations, if adopted, will boost biofuels investment

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Business intelligence provider Oxford Business Group (OBG) state that although solar and wind energy are the main focus for South Africa’s renewable-energy segment, Cabinet will discuss draft regulations on the biofuel industry later this year, thereby paving the way for the potential development... 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th June 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation – the group’s first microgrid in South Africa – at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. The Longmeadow site hosts ABB’s head offices and logistics and manufacturing centre. 

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 The renewable-energy unit of Italian energy group Enel reports that its 66 MW Tom Burke photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province has been connected to the grid, raising its installed capacity in the country to nearly 160 MW. Country manager in South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra’ adds... 

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Solar system specialist and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika has since 2012 supplied and installed up to 25 000 units of their solar direct current (DC) home power solution in low-cost housing units, called Siyakhanyisa. The renewable energy capacity of up to 500 kWp was installed in... 

High-voltage direct current power transmission link upgrade project, Sweden

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd June 2016 The project involves the upgrade of the world’s first commercial high-voltage direct current power transmission link, which was installed in 1954. 

Telecoms group launches solar car park at Centurion campus

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 Telecommunications company Telkom completed Phase 1 of a three-phase, 3 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) installation as part of a new parking lot for staff members at its Centurion headquarters, Telkom Park campus, last month.  

IHS eyes offgrid solutions to power up its towers

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2016 Mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider IHS is aiming to leverage renewable-energy technology and improved grid infrastructure across its portfolio to reduce its reliance on costly diesel and unstable ongrid electricity to power its tower sites across Africa. With over $500-million... 

Tshwane wins Earth Hour Capital competition for the second year in a row

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2016 The City of Tshwane has been selected as South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital 2016 for the second year in a row in recognition of its sustainability initiatives, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) regional director Kobie Brand announced during the second African Capital Cities... 

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... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

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. 

Moody’s expects Chapter 11 process to herald new era for US coal

By: Henry Lazenby     6th May 2016 With nearly all of the once-major US coal companies having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a result of low prices, ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service on Friday stated in its latest ‘North American Coal Outlook’ that the stage is set for the US coal industry to emerge looking... 

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... 

Sun Shines On Johnson Renew

     6th May 2016 Johnson Crane Hire has added impetus to its growing presence in the South African wind farm market by establishing Johnson Renew. This new division houses all the experience garnered over the years undertaking heavy lifts in both the construction and maintenance of wind farms in the country. The... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German carmaker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First of... 

Bokamoso Solar Park project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 The project involves the construction of a solar photovoltaic plant, with 63 MW ac capacity, in Leeudoringstad. 

Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 Bokpoort, which was inaugurated in April this year, has set a new African record for the continuous supply of electricity. 

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. 

De Wildt Solar Park project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 The project involves the construction of a solar photovoltaic plant with 55 MW ac capacity. 

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,... 

EN PIPS 06/05/2016

By: Sheila Barradas     6th May 2016 Name and Location Bokamoso Solar Park project, North West, South Africa. Client SunEdison Energy Southern Africa. 

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... 

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