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Construction set to begin on ‘flagship’ 40 MW Moz solar project

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2018 Oslo-listed renewable-energy developer Scatec Solar, which has its African regional hub in Cape Town, South Africa, expects to begin constructing a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Mozambique in the coming weeks after the project reached financial close in early March. GM and VP for... 

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

New power generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2018 A warning has been sounded that recent amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act relating to licence exemptions for generation plants could create further impediments to the deployment of private generation facilities. Titled ‘Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice’, the amendment was... 

Umgeni Water offers more detail on Cape Town desalination plant  

By: News24Wire      14th February 2018 While water utility Umgeni Water has the expertise and skills to assist the City of Cape Town during the water crisis, the City first has to agree to "conditions" before any work starts. Umgeni Water's acting chief executive Thami Hlongwa made the statement during a press briefing at the Albert... 

Innovative civil engineering solution to social ills – Manuel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 Unless South Africa and its citizens deal with the issue of widespread corruption, the country will not be able to provide the “kinds of engineering services” that it ought to provide to people, former Finance Minister and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel has said. Speaking at a South... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The wind farms have been connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 The Khobab Wind Farm has completed the installation of all its wind turbines in September, ahead of schedule. 

Electricity supply as a service and as a commodity not the same

By: Kelvin Kemm     29th September 2017 This topic keeps coming up, so I am going to address it yet again.  It is important, very important. When referring to an electricity supply, there is the concept of despatchable power and nondespatchable power. This means that the light comes on when you flick the switch at any time – 24/7. Or... 

Opinion: Another look at South Africa’s electricity generating options 

21st July 2017 In this opinion article, economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey calls for a re-evaluation for the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2016 planned and recommended electricity mix going forward Energy is the critical component of the country’s future policy mix. Electricity is the necessary... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

Power crucial to Africa’s economic development

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With strong correlations between electric capacity and economic development, access to reliable and cost-effective power is crucial to enabling nations to harness the productive capabilities of their people and obtain meaningful growth, says engineering, procurement and construction company Black... 

Bir Rebaa North solar photovoltaic project, Algeria

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The project involves the construction of a 19 MW solar plant. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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