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By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2018 One of the more interesting exchanges during the recent gathering of energy stakeholders in Johannesburg arose as a result of a question posed to Energy Minister Jeff Radebe by Wits Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton. Crompton, who is a former full-time regulator at... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions

8th June 2018 Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the cornerstone of the world’s solution to energy-related carbon emissions, and can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, says International... 

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2018 Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has hinted at possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by Eskom, a vertically integrated State-owned utility. During a recent stakeholder gathering the Minister responded strongly in the... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

AMSA liquid steel production increases by 5.9% in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) liquid steel production increased by 5.9% to 71 000 t in the three months ended March 31. The higher output was mainly owing to higher production at its Vanderbijlpark Works and Saldanha Works, which was partly offset by lower long products output following... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 The long awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be presented to Cabinet for its approval on August 15, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday, adding that the document would provide much-needed certainty for investors in the electricity sector. The... 

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2018 International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2018 Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South... 

Trade shows, expos significant to investment into Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     4th May 2018 In its fifty-second year of serving the automotive industry in Portugal and internationally, Portuguese automotive suppliers association Afia believes that being involved in trade shows, conferences and expos plays a significant role in creating relationships with countries such as South Africa. 

Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Wither fundamental knowledge?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th May 2018 I was drinking at the bar Elsabe used to call A Touch of Sadness. I was with an architect and Pierre F, a brilliant French fine artist and great conversationalist. Oh, yes, he has a doctorate in oceanography and used to work for the US's National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The... 

Revised IRP needs better energy choices to secure South Africa’s future – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Calls for the release of an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) are mounting, as it provides a clear technology roadmap that is essential to confirming investor certainty to 2050, says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). Such certainty, SAWEA added, is particularly important for... 

Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2018 Wholly black-owned construction group Concor, which marked its first year of operations in April, is aiming to materially increase its share of the public infrastructure market as part of an ambitious plan to increase its order book to R10-billion by 2020. The company, which has a Level 1... 

Site survey recommended before installing power backup system

27th April 2018 With the winter months approaching, systems integration specialist Jasco Intelligent Technologies (Jasco) explains that before companies invest in alternative power solutions it is important to select the right solution for their needs. Jasco renewable energy consulting solutions architect Kevin... 

Power storage tech development on the rise

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 With there being a rise in the development of technology for power distribution, storage and generation, power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum says the company is also assessing ways in which technology will change the way electricity is... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Renewable energy crucial to Africa’s power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in “bringing power to their people”, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution director Dinesh Buldoo. “The return-on-investment of renewable power... 

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Despite the downturn in commodity prices that led to more subdued growth in several of Africa’s resource-intense economies, there is still significant investor interest in Africa’s power sectors, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2018 Changes in generation technologies, including the sharp fall in solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, means that the evolution of electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need to involve more than one national grid, a new World Bank report argues. “The path to universal electrification will... 

SAWEA workshops promote economic development in rural communities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 A final workshop in a series hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) brought together key representatives of the three constituencies concerned with economic development under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).  

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Multinational company Building Energy has donated a 3.12 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant to the Italian consulate in Cape Town. The plant, comprising 12 PV panels, will generate about 5 MWh/y of energy, significantly decreasing the building’s carbon footprint through a... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

EAIF raises $385m in new debt financing to drive five-year business plan

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018   The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), managed by Investec Asset Management (IAM), has completed its latest fundraising round, raising $385-million in new long-term debt capital to invest in Africa. 

Coega Development Corporation welcomes the signing of the IPP contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday welcomed government’s commitment to clean energy, following the signing of 27 power purchase agreements with renewable-energy producers, reigniting the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The projects,... 

3SUN 2.0 innovation project, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 Enel Green Power is building the first facility worldwide that will exclusively manufacture heterojunction bifacial photovoltaic panels.  

South Africa’s renewables focus shifting from costs to jobs and transformation

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2018 The themes of transformation and employment in the renewable-energy sector have started to eclipse traditional concerns over cost and reliability following government’s highly contested, and much delayed, decision to press ahead with the signing of agreements for another 27 renewables independent... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Long-delayed renewables IPP agreements to be signed on Wednesday

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Tuesday that agreements for 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, which have been delayed since 2016, will be signed on Wednesday, April 4. The projects have a collective investment value of R55.92-billion. 

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