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South African Bio-energy Atlas launched to support bio-energy development

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2017 The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, launched in Pretoria on Friday, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms of developing a 'green' economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor in her... 

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... 

Childers Solar Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project entails the construction of a 120 MW utility-scale solar plant. 

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... 

Emerald Solar Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project involves the construction of a 110 MW utility-scale solar power plant. 

Koberinga Solar Farm project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The project involves the construction of an utility-scale solar power project with an output measuring up to 55 MW. 

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... 

PiA Solar

     24th March 2017 Established in 2012, PiA Solar designs, manufactures and installs mounting systems for the solar photovoltaic industry, including the ContourR+ single-axis tracker and fixed tilt structures. The company also undertakes a full range of projects for the rooftop market.   To date, PiA has installed... 

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... 

Want to sell more wind, solar power? Find corporate buyers

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2017 Contracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service. Multiple factors are spurring corporate power deals, especially from companies that... 

Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2017 Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

OPINION: Enabling renewable energy with flexibility

     23rd March 2017 In this thought leadership article, Wärtsilä's Wayne Glossop explores the issue of building flexibility into the South African power system as the penetration of renewable energy rises  

Exosun, Lesedi partner to offer localised solar tracking solutions in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd March 2017 Global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants Exosun and South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services have entered into a partnership to provide localised solar tracking systems in South Africa. “Lesedi will... 

Carmichael to proceed despite renewed outcry from green lobby – MCA

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has labelled the latest environmental resistance against the $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project, in Queensland, as “futile and cynical attention seeking”. The MCA was responding to an announcement by former Greens party leader Bob Brown, in which he said... 

Wärtsilä supplies 15 MW solar plant in Burkina Faso

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd March 2017 Technology group Wärtsilä has entered into an agreement with independent power producer Eren Renewable Energy’s 90%-owned Essakane Solar, in Burkina Faso, to supply it with a 15 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. The remaining 10% is owned by Eren’s development partner African Energy... 

Appea welcomes South Australia govt’s support for gas exploration projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th March 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has welcomed the South Australian government’s commitment to invest A$24-million to help fund five gas exploration and development projects as part of its Plan for Accelerating Exploration (Pace). South Australia Resource... 

German coal mine to be reborn as giant pumped hydropower battery

By: Bloomberg     17th March 2017 A coal mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores excess solar and wind energy. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is set to turn its Prosper-Haniel hard coal mine into a 200 MW pumped-storage... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Bwana Mkubwa solar photovoltaic project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The project entails the construction of an 80 MW to 120 MW solar PV plant. 

Govt’s involvement in promoting energy efficiency needed

     17th March 2017 Government should be more proactive and involved in encouraging energy efficiency, as it lies at the core of sustained economic growth, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). This, along with the statement that industries and businesses must prepare more... 

Inverter system uses automatic shutdown system

     17th March 2017 The new intelligent inverter system from photovoltaic (PV) company SolarEdge has an automatic safety control feature that allows the system to use a module-level voltage shutdown, where the PV array is reduced to a safe direct current (dc) voltage in the event of alternating current (ac) shut... 

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.... 

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

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... 

Fortress Income Fund launches R650 million Louwlardia development

     16th March 2017 The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion.   Speaking at the launch,  executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1... 

Cello Solar Ltd a UK TV Manufacturer are launching a 22" and a 32" ...

     14th March 2017 Solar Television at the forthcoming Power & Electricity World Africa Conference & Exhibition, on 28th and 29th March 2017.  The Solar TV's  come as a complete out of the box solution with TV, solar panel and smart antenna. The solar panel is connected to the TV and positioned in a suitable... 

Circum awarded Ethiopian potash mining licence

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2017 London-based potash project developer Circum Minerals has secured a mining licence for its Danakil potash project. The licence was approved by the Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and gives Circum exclusive access over the 4.9-billion-tonne Canadian National... 

Economic development a competitive advantage for renewables bidders – juwi

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Since renewable-energy feed-in tariffs have decreased over the last few years – 35% and 78% for wind and solar respectively since 2008 – project owners are paying more attention to the competitive advantage they gain by focusing on economic development (ED) targets, such as increasing the number... 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Motorists on the N1 have had a front-row seat as accounting firm PwC’s 28-storey office building rose from the veld at the Waterfall City development, in Gauteng. Launching in February 2018, the high-rise building is potentially spearheading a new central business district (CBD) between... 

Jigawa solar power project, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The project involves the construction of a solar project with an output of about 96 GWh/y. 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Accounting firm PwC’s Waterfall City-based 28-storey office building, launching in February 2018, has the potential to spearhead the new central business district (CBD) of Gauteng. Located between Midrand and Woodmead, off the Alandale interchange on the N1 highway, the R1.5-billion skyscraper... 

The myth about wind and solar energy

By: Kelvin Kemm     10th March 2017 For a long time now, I have wondered why many journalists and others believe the claim that solar and wind, as energy sources, employ more people than nuclear or other sources and that, therefore, they are good.  Firstly, this is just not true, but far more important is the fact that such a trend... 

Three cheers for three years of Cradlestone Mall!

     9th March 2017 Three years after opening its doors, the award-winning Cradlestone Mall has changed lives and raised the bar for shopping centres in South Africa. It has achieved this with its innovative approach to its shopping and entertainment experiences, as well as its commitment to its community and... 

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... 

Mali to build $25m solar plant with loan from AfDB

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Mali’s first utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, the 33 MW Segou project, which will be built at a cost of $25-million. The project will increase the country¹s installed capacity from renewable resources and will generate 52.7 GWh/y, or about 10% of current generation capacity,... 

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