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Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant application, according to Cape Town-based engineering firm MTU South Africa, a subsidiary of UK-based engines, propulsion systems and distributed... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 Construction at the Khobab Wind Farm has begun in earnest with the arrival of various wind turbine components. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed the lifting of the first of its 61 wind turbine generators ahead of schedule. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines. 

Eskom, NamPower sign five-year supply deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 Eskom on Thursday signed a five-year firm electricity sales agreement with Namibia’s national electricity utility NamPower, providing energy security to the neighbouring country and facilitating economic development and growth. Eskom interim CEO Matshela Koko noted at the signing, held alongside... 

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... 

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... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 About 750 loads of wind turbine component sections are expected to be delivered to the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms between January 12 and September this year. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. 

Khobab wind farm completes foundations ahead of schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2016 The Khobab wind farm, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, has completed all 61 of its wind turbine foundations ahead of schedule. Khobab said in a note released Monday that the first foundation pour was finished on June 30, using low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete... 

Amplats pilots fuel cell rural electrification microgrid 

     9th November 2016 Anglo American Platinum has piloted the electrification of 34 households using a methanol-based fuel cell microgrid over the past 28 months. It will decommission the field trial next month. 

Fuel cell field trial providing detailed technical data on rural microgrids

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2016 A methanol-based fuel cell rural electrification field trial by JSE-listed Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) with support from the departments of Mineral Resources, Energy, Science and Technology and Trade and Industry, Eskom and the Moqhaka Municipality has provided detailed data on the use of... 

Construction starts on 100 MW Kathu Solar Park 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th October 2016 Ground was broken this week at the R9-billion, 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, which is set to be one of the largest projects of its kind in the country. The parabolic-trough technology plant, which is being developed by an Engie-led... 

Molefe: No nuclear by 2035 could mean another power crunch

By: News24Wire      21st September 2016 If South Africa doesn’t have additional nuclear power by 2035, the country will be in the same position as in 2008 when there was a serious shortage of power supply, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Wednesday. Molefe was part of an Eskom delegation who briefed Parliament on the power utility’s... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Construction of the R3.5-billion Loeriesfontein wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has passed another milestone. 

Energy poverty unemployment and growth 

     5th August 2016 The recent discussion about energy and electricity is one of the most important debates South Africa can have.   One of the fundamental objective of South Africa is the necessity to address urgently inequality unemployment and poverty and this objective cannot be achieved by redistribution of... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th July 2016 The first of 61 low-carbon foundations for the turbines at the new Khobab wind farm has been poured. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The Loeriesfontein wind farm has completed the foundations for the 61 wind turbines to be erected at the site. 

Suwalong hydropower project, Tibet

By: Sheila Barradas     8th July 2016 The project involves the construction of the first hydropower station on the Jinsha river, in Tibet. 

Wind project to inject more than R800m into local community – CEO

     30th June 2016 Call for pupils to become entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector to position SA globally A little more than a year after connecting to the national energy grid, one of South Africa’s first major wind farms has announced that it is injecting more than R800-million into community economic... 

Local company produces photovoltaic modules

     27th May 2016 Photovoltaic (PV) cell producer ARTsolar has recently completed production of the final consignment of locally produced PV modules at its KwaZulu-Natal-based plant, for the third round of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). 

Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”. During a recent update on... 

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. 

7.64% Eskom hike to hit municipalities in July

By: News24Wire      19th April 2016 Consumers who receive their power from municipalities will see electricity prices jump by about 7.64% on July 1, after energy regulator Nersa approved the increase for municipalities this week. This follows Nersa’s 9.4% increase of Eskom’s regulatory clearing account application for the first... 

Redistribution key for Africa’s power future

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th April 2016 The codevelopment and equal distribution of power between countries in Africa, along with focused research and development strategies around redistribution will provide more Africans with electricity in the future, says State-owned power utility Eskom MD for corporate affairs Chose Choeu.... 

Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st April 2016 The project was officially inaugurated on March 14 this year. 

‘New’ development bank

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2016 The New Development Bank (NDB), which is in the process of being established by the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is aspiring to begin approving its first batch of loans from next month. South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced during his Budget... 

Shumba sees potential to supply energy to South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2016 Botswana-listed Shumba Energy believes two of its advanced baseload coal-fired energy projects could supply electricity to South Africa. South Africa is, through its coal baseload independent power producer (IPP) programme, seeking to procure energy from both domestic IPPs, as well as through... 

Cape business says consumers should not pay for past Eskom mistakes

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2016 Cape business came out in strong opposition to Eskom’s application for a R22.8-billion recoupment of cost and revenue variations in 2013/14 when compared with approved allocations under the third multiyear price determination (MYPD3). In his presentation to the National Energy Regulator of South... 

What’s on the Horizon for West Africa?

     4th January 2016 The 13th annual West African Power Industry Conference will take place at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria 16-17 November 2016. The event is West Africa’s largest strategic power and energy conference and trade exhibition aimed at accelerating power supply and driving growth within the region.  West... 

Union expects deal that will end coal strike

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 The week-long strike in the coal sector could be coming to an end soon, as National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members are mulling over the Chamber of Mines’ latest and, seemingly, attractive offer. The new offer looks set to break the stand-off between the union and the coal companies. 

Warnings of lost opportunities amid delay in finalising new solar-geyser rebate  

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th July 2015 Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo. The programme was launched in 2008 to help mitigate energy system constraints by installing a million solar geysers in... 

Warnings of lost opportunities amid delay in finalising new solar-geyser rebate

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th July 2015 Government’s ambitious national solar water heating (SWH) rebate programme, which was suspended in February until further notice, has left investors and businesses in limbo.  

Solidarity launches plan to help households in unlikely event of electricity blackout

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2015 Trade union Solidarity, in conjunction with KragDag and Maroela Media, has launched an emergency plan to assist households in the event of a total power blackout, owing to the ongoing problems at State-owned electricity provider Eskom. The plan offered practical tips on how households could... 

We should stop building big power plants. Period!

By: Saliem Fakir     5th June 2015 The current crisis at at power utility Eskom is a result of policy decisions made during and after apartheid. Faulty energy paradigms, political interference and a corporatist mentality have ensured that Eskom has lost its public-good compass. One entity alone has and continues to create systemic... 

Molefe vows no planned load-shedding this winter 

By: News24Wire      29th May 2015 South Africans could be living without load shedding this winter, if acting Eskom CEO Brian Molefe gets his way. Speaking at the launch of the Transnet Development Hub on Friday, Molefe said planned maintenance was mostly completed and so the utility was able to generate more power to meet the... 

AfriForum to challenge Eskom’s decision to cut supply to defaulting municipalities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th April 2015 Civil rights organisation AfriForum on Tuesday said it would do all it could to prevent State-owned power utility Eskom from unfairly cutting electricity supply to consumers. This followed after Eskom, on Friday, warned that it was considering implementing regulated interruptions in electricity... 

Eskom mulls cutting power to 20 defaulting municipalities as debt hits R4.6bn  

By: Natalie Greve     10th April 2015 Energy utility Eskom has warned residents of the 20 municipalities across the country that are defaulting most severely that it may interrupt bulk electricity supply to these municipalities from June 5, outlining on Friday that the total municipal arrear debt greater than 30 days had reached... 

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