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Cape Town to take delivery of 11 electric buses by year-end

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

Driving home the renewable energy message

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The Energy and Water Skills Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) has unveiled an innovative mobile renewable-energy technology unit, which has been developed with the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Known as energyDRIVE, the unit comprises a custom-built truck that will be used... 

Nuclear advocate contests ‘unrealistic’ renewables scenarios

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 Australian-founded and -based, globally-active, non-governmental organisation Bright New World argues that nuclear energy has a key role to play in ensuring both economic development and environmental sustainability. “Our goal is a stable climate, human development and a rich nature,” explains... 

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

Solar energy may get boost from Africa’s biggest oil exporter

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil exporter, may be about to turn sunward to generate more of its power. Senators in the capital of Abuja are debating an allocation of $30-million to solar projects in this year’s Budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN). They are... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

S&P affirms Eskom rating on ‘extremely high’ likelihood of govt support as liquidity weakens 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 S&P Global Ratings has sustained a negative outlook on Eskom after affirming its 'BB-' sub-investment-grade rating this week, pointing to the State-owned electricity utility’s weakening liquidity position as a result of a “lower-than-expected” tariff increase for 2017/18. On February 23, the... 

AFD, Eskom sign R6bn financing deal 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 To further support its investment in the extension and reinforcement of its power transmission grid, State-owned Eskom has signed a R6-billion multi-tranche framework agreement with the French Agency for Development (AFD). “This multi-tranche loan facility will contribute towards Eskom plans to... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Global electronics company Omron Electronics will showcase its power-monitoring, power-management and energy-saving products at the Solar Show Africa 2017 – which runs alongside the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.... 

Zambia agreement seen paving way for further solar power solutions

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The government of Zambia last month signed a second mandate with Scaling Solar, an initiative of the World Bank Group, which is helping developing countries procure low-cost, privately financed, solar power.  

Dubai’s CSP price cap seen driving technology’s competitiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2017 A leading developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Africa and the Middle East believes the price cap proposed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for an upcoming CSP project could add significant impetus to improving the technology’s cost competitiveness, which may... 

Eskom initiates talks on triggering government support to cover IPP costs 

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2017 Eskom has written to the signatories of the Government Support Framework Agreement (GSFA) – which guarantees support for the State-owned utility in meeting its obligation to buy electricity from renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs) – to discuss a possible triggering of government... 

Off-grid solutions attractive proposition for private-sector investors

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Small-scale off-grid electricity solutions may be the best method to help reduce the electricity deficit in Africa, argued global power and automation group ABB senior VP and ABB Africa director Tobias Becker during a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, which took place in Johannesburg... 

Power & Electricity World Africa 2017

     9th March 2017 Africa’s largest power and electricity show - Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The show welcomes over 7000 attendees and hosts a mecca of solution providers spanning 3 halls and thousands of square meters. Taking place in Johannesburg South Africa, this is a... 

Investor in UK solar assets plans secondary listing on JSE from April

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2017 A London Stock Exchange-listed investor in UK ground-based solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, Foresight Solar Fund, has announced its intention to pursue a secondary listing on the JSE through a private placement with institutional South African investors. The listing is expected to raise... 

JSE results shows strong investment appetite remains 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2017 Investor appetite in South Africa remains robust, despite the county having navigated a “particularly noisy socioeconomic environment” during 2016, with the JSE posting a 10% increase in its operating revenue to R2.3-billion. The largest stock exchange on the continent also tallied 18 new... 

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirming its willingness to consider an application from the State-owned utility... 

Cape Town’s e-buses to arrive at end 2017; e-bus plant on track 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Cape Town’s fleet of eleven electric buses are scheduled for arrival by the end of 2017, “operating by the beginning of 2018, or sooner”, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. The buses will be supplied by Chinese green energy firm BYD, in... 

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday launched the EnergyDrive initiative, to educate rural communities on climate change and alternative energy sources. A custom-designed truck equipped with ten solar... 

Germany shares its renewable-energy lessons

By: Kim Cloete     21st February 2017 Germany is on an all-out campaign to decarbonise its energy system, with plans to slice carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80% to 90% by 2050. It has identified hydrogen as an essential part of decarbonising its energy system. 

Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 Coal and energy company Minergy said on Monday that it will list on the Botswana Stock Exchange in the first half of this year and is also planning a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing in 2017’s latter half. In the initial capital raising ahead of the listing of its Masama coal project, Minergy,... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Efforts to salvage wind-tower plant shut in wake of Eskom’s refusal to sign new IPP contracts

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Watching brief

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The closure and possible liquidation of an Eastern Cape wind-tower manufacturing facility only four years after it opened raises serious questions about whether business can truly rely on government policy as a basis for making investment decisions. Operations at the plant have been suspended... 

ABB hopeful Zuma’s IPP declaration will unlock orders for locally assembled inverter stations 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2017 The head of ABB South Africa is hopeful that renewable-energy-related orders, which all but dried up in 2016 as a result of Eskom’s refusal to sign new power purchase agreements, will resume in light of President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that the State-owned utility will sign all outstanding... 

Spotlight on Omron PID solution at The Solar Show Africa 2017

     15th February 2017 An industry-leading solution to the problem of Potential Induced Degradation (PID), which can slash the output of a solar-power plant by as much as 70%, will take centre stage at The Solar Show Africa 2017 from 28 to 29 March at the Sandton Convention Centre. This leading exhibition and... 

Jasco delivers improved H1 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics on Tuesday delivered what it called a “pleasing” first-half performance amid difficult economic conditions and a negative impact from the exchange rate. The group achieved nearly double-digit earnings growth during the six months to December 31, which it attributed to... 

Renewables sector welcomes Presidency’s support of renewables

By: Anine Kilian     10th February 2017 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) has welcomed the Presidency’s clear support for the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). During his State of the Nation address on Thursday night, President Jacob Zuma announced that State-owned... 

Qld govt throws open Surat for development

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th February 2017 The Queensland government has called on gas producers to bid for the right to extract gas from the coal seam gas- (CSG-) rich Surat basin as part of its Australia-only gas pilot project. Minister for State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham on Friday announced the start... 

Microlevel electricity grids advantageous for African applications

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Although the price of electricity and cost of generation in many African countries are major challenges, they also present opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can use existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources, says energy, water,... 

San Vicente energy storage project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The project proposes meeting the future energy needs of the San Diego region through a new pumped-storage opportunity at the San Vicente reservoir site. 

We will not act illegally when determining 2017 power tariffs – Nersa CEO

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2017 Newly appointed National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) CEO Christopher Forlee insists that the Energy Regulator will not take any “illegal” decisions when making a determination in February about the trajectory of Eskom’s 2017 tariffs. Instead, any decision will seek to navigate the... 

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